The Tour Take | Tour Down Under Stage 4
1st – Daryl Impey (Mitchelton- Scott)
2nd – Paddy Bevin (CCC Team)
3rd – Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana Pro Team)
Gorge Road and Corkscrew are two words that have been on the riders mind for days now. Today was all about these two obstacles. A fast, fast run in off the technical Gorge Road into a tight left hand turn onto the Corkscrew climb is what it was all about. The climb its self is 3.5 kilometres at 9%, with the finish coming 5.7 kilometres from the top of the climb.
Six riders went away today. Some serious horsepower that included Thomas De Gent, Miles Scotson, Jasha Sutterlin, and Nick White. The riders got out to a four minute advantage that was held buy Team CCC for much of the day. CCC got help from Trek, EF Education, and Mitchelton-Scott when the gap remained stagnate at four minutes with 55 kilometres to go. The pace was whipped up and eventually, the break was caught on Corkscrew with Miles Scotson and Hermann Pernsteiner being the last to survive.
Proper finale this. The fast run in off Gorge Road was navigated safely. When the climb started in earnest it was Wout Poels, Richie Porte, George Bennet and Michael Woods who pushed clear, proving to be the best climbers in the race. Paddy Bevin was distanced but kept his cool, minimising the gap to just 15 seconds over the top of Corkscrew. The four leaders worked well, but Bevin and Lucas Hamilton dragged themselves and 14 others to the tail of the leaders, making the catch with two kilometres to go. The sprint for the finish was a drag race between Bevin and Impey, with the South African holding on to take the win and valuable bonus seconds ahead of Bevin. LLS was in third.
3- Paddy Bevin- The biggest day of his pro cycling career today and he stepped up. Dragged himself over Corkscrew and picked up a time bonus at the finish.
2- Daryl Impey- After falling short yesterday, he picked himself up and won on a stage that on paper, didn’t suit him. He has now given himself a chance to go back to back overall at Tour Down Under.
1- Lucas Hamilton- Stayed with his leader Impey up the climb and was a big part of pulling the leaders back on the run in. Key player today.
See you back at the social club,