Friday 25 January 2013 at 08h56

The 4th stage of the Tour Down Under 2013 allowed André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) to beat a record. The record of the number of stage victories obtained in the history of the Australian race! The German rider today took his 13th stage victory, thus beating the record detained by Robbie McEwen with 12 victories.

The summary of the 4th stage of the Tour Down Under 2013: Modbury > Tanunda

130 riders came to the start in Modbury today, following Timothy Duggan (Team Saxo-Tinkoff)'s abandon after a crash yesterday. Rapidly after the start of the stage, Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp) had to abandon the race with respiratory problems.

In the 2nd kilometer the first attack came from Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) and Damien Howson (UniSA-Australia) and since they didn't really threatened the general classification, the peloton let them go. Their gap went up to values around 3 minutes, making Gilbert the temporary virtual leader in the general classification anyway.

On top of Humbug Scrub Damien Howson took the points ahead of Gilbert and in the peloton which was led by Team Sky, Jack Bobridge (Blanco Pro Cycling Team) took some precious points for the King of the Mountains classification, thus allowing him to move up to first position in this classification.

At mid-race, all teams did their turn in the chase behind the leading duo. Their gap was than down to two minutes and continued to go down rapidly.
Philippe Gilbert took the points and the bonus seconds in the intermediate sprint in Mount Pleasant, ahead of Howson. In the peloton Graeme Brown (Blanco Pro Cycling Team) stole the last bonus seconds, thus preventing Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) from creating a bigger gap on Brown's team mate Tom-Jelte Slagter. The top 3 of the second sprint in Springton was the same as for the first one.

At a bit under 10 kilometers from the finish, the peloton finally managed to get back on the leading duo and everyone's thus getting ready for a bunch sprint. In the approach of this sprint several riders crash again but that doesn't prevent Greg Henderson (Lotto-Belisol) to place André Greipel in a perfect position to win the race, with a bike length from Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida) and Jonathan Cantwell (Team Saxo-Tinkoff).

The classifications after the 4th stage of the Tour Down Under 2013

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The stage classification for 4/ Modbury > Tanunda

Here's the top 5 of this stage:

1/ André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) - 3h02'52"
2/ Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida)
3/ Jonathan Cantwell (Team Saxo-Tinkoff)
4/ Andy Fenn (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
5/ Barry Markus (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team)

General classification

No changes in the top 5 of the general classification:

1/ Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) - 12h59'09"
2/ Tom-Jelte Slagter (Blanco Pro Cycling Team) - +0'05"
3/ Javier Moreno (Movistar Team) - +0'06"
4/ Ben Hermans (Radioshack-Leopard) - +0'08"
5/ Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre-Merida) - +0'15"

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The other classifications

In the best young riders classification there were no changes either, with Tom-Jelte Slagter (Blanco Pro Cycling Team) leading ahead of Ion Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi).

The King of the Mountains classification starts to show some gaps again in the top 5 with Jack Bobridge (Blanco Pro Cycling Team) leading with 20 points over Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) who stayed at 16 points.

For the sprinters, André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) is now leading with 30 points, ahead of Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) at 29 and Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) at 28.

door Thomas Vergouwen
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