Greipel Powers to Stage 4 Victory in Tour Down Under 2014

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01/24/2014| 0 comments
by Mark Watson
André Greipel gets a sweet treat on the podium at Santos Tour Down Under 2014 after winning stage four Fotoreporter Sirotti

Greipel Powers to Stage 4 Victory in Tour Down Under 2014

Though having to wait longer than he had hoped, André Greipel today succeeded at adding a 15th stage win to his Santos Tour Down Under victory count when he won stage 4 of this year's race in Victor Harbor; General Classification and former World Champion Cadel Evans of Team BMC Racing was put under pressure but managed to remain in light.

with him," said Hansen. "I just stayed near him as much as possible during the stage and did my job when attacks went in the final hill. I closed the gap to the attackers and made sure I had my guys in a good position to lead André out.

"He’s one of the best sprinters in the world so we always believe in him to be able to win," said Hansen.

20 year old UniSA-Australia rider, Jack Haig, had a fabulous day in the saddle finishing with the lead group to grab the Cycle Instead Young Rider jersey.

"With all the crosswinds, it was a question of staying out of the gutter. The bunch split and I was the only young rider up there I think. Anyway the kid from FDJ [Kenny Elissonde] wasn’t so I take the jersey over from him," explained Haig. "I have a really good chance to win this jersey tomorrow because I’m a good climber.

"This is my first Santos Tour Down Under, it’s amazing!"

The Europcar Most Competitive Rider for the stage was awarded to Wurf who says his ride was motivated by past events.
"What happened in the Giro (Tour of Italy) last year (was) every time I went into a breakaway, Elia Viviani got a good result, so he did today too." said the former rowing champion.

"I attacked again in the final climb to get the sprint trains disorganised. I was hungry today because I was very disappointed yesterday to not get the position I wanted up to Corkscrew climb."

"With Jens Voigt as part of our race roster, we also have a bit of a competition running for being the rider who attacks the most," explained Wurf of Team Trek Factory Racing who scored yesterday's Europcar Most Competitive Rider award.

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