The new finish into Uraidla provided a parcours made for attacking and the end result was a GC well and truly shaken up.
Stage 4: Norwood to Uraidla, 128.2km
Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) got the measure of both the route and the searing heat to take his first WorldTour win of year. The World champion held on with ease as the peloton thinned on the Norton climb, then attacked the descent and bossed the sprint. Mitchelton-Scott’s Daryl Impey ran him all the way to the line with Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) rounding out the podium. The 10sec bonus gives Sagan the overall lead by 2secs from Impey with his Bora-hansgrohe teammate Jay McCarthy at +9secs.
Some thoughts on extreme weather…
The peloton endured another blistering day in the saddle with temperatures hitting the mid 40°Cs despite an earlier start.
There’s no doubt some riders were affected
Against this background is one man trying to do the best for the riders in his role as the CPA (Cyclistes Professionnels Associés) – the professional rider’s union – representative for the race. That man at the #TDU is Lotto Soudal’s much respected Adam Hansen (I can’t think of a better person to fight your corner). However, it appears the temperature wasn’t the only thing rising today. The full story in Cycling News.
It’s why we love Mr Sagan – pure class…
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Full report at Cycling News.
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