Tour Of Britain Stage 4

13/09/2012   |   Posted by jeremy

 

Tour of Britain stage 4 Carlisle – Blackpool 156km.

Yesterday’s stage saw the riders heading for the north west of the country starting at Carlisle before heading to the coast at Blackpool. 156km, with three sprints and three classified climbs.

As the peloton lined up at the start the weather was wet and windy. They headed out of Carlisle and after the flag dropped for the end of the lead out a break away formed straight away with a group of six riders. At the first sprint point of the day at Shap, it was Niklas Gustavsson who made the line first with Mathew Cronshaw coming second.

At 51km into the stage the lead group reached the first climb of the day, a category 2 at Shap Fell. Conditions were its fair to say were pretty horrendous as they made their way up the climb. It was Kristian House who crossed the line first but was uncontested by the other riders in the group.

A slippery descent led them down to the next sprint point at Kendal.  Meanwhile the peloton were happy to chug along together just to keep themselves sheltered from the rain. In Kendal it was Cronshaw who won the maximum points from Gustavsson in a reversal of the first sprint. The breakaway were at the start of the second ascent of the day at Old Hutton with a lead over the main field of five minutes thirty five seconds.

 On the climb there were some diehard cycling fans out with their cameras and flags waving the riders through.  At the top of the climb it was once again Kristian House who took the win with Ronan Mc Laughlin taking second. It wasn’t much of a contest as they just rolled over the line in the positions they were in at that point on the road.

The leaders reached the final sprint of the day at the 106km mark at Caton, where Mathew Cronshaw attacked to cross the line first with a good lead over Ronan Mc Laughlin. There was now just a category 3 climb left at Quernmore on the stage before they had the descent and then the long flat run in to the finish under the Blackpool Tower. The rain was getting even heavier as they made their way up the climb. The breakaway still had a lead of one minute fifty seconds as they neared the top with just 41 km to go. Over the line it was House again with the first position and Dan Craven in second.

This put House firmly at the top of the king of the mountains classification.

When the riders hit the flat for the run into Blackpool, four of the breakaway riders slipped back into the main field leaving Dan Craven and Ronan Mc Laughlin to do battle for position at the front. Eventually they started to work together to stay away from the peloton.

 In the main group once again it was Sky doing the majority of the work to catch the leaders, which they did as the two front men conceded and shook hands before dropping back into the group.

This was going to be a sprinters finish with such a flat straight road ahead of them and it was difficult to see how Cav would not be the favourite for another stage win.

The pace quickened as the peloton was strung out on the coast road. With 1km to go Sky were in full control as Bradley Wiggins moved across to let Luke Rowe through, who in turn released Cavendish to launch off the front to beat the Australian Steele Vonhoff and take a second consecutive win.

The Sun was out as Mark Cavendish stood on the podium to put on the leaders gold jersey.

Stage

1

Mark Cavendish

Sky Procycling

2

Steele Von Hoff

Garmin - Sharp

3

Leigh Howard

Orica - GreenEDGE

Overall

1

Mark Cavendish

Sky Procycling

2

Leigh Howard

Orica - GreenEDGE

3

Boy Van Poppel

UnitedHealthcare

Points

1

Boy Van Poppel

UnitedHealthcare

2

Mark Cavendish

Sky Procycling

3

Russell Downing

Endura Racing

Mountains

1

Kristian House

Rapha Condor

2

Pablo Urtasun

Euskaltel Euskadi

3

Richard Handley

Rapha Condor

Sprints

1

Peter Williams

Node 4 - Giordana

2

Mathew Cronshaw

Node 4 - Giordana

3

Rony Martias

Saur Sojasun

Team

1

Garmin - Sharp

 

2

Sky Procycling

 

3

Endura Racing

 

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