Welcome to live coverage of Stage 4 of the Tour Down Under. Today we start off in Norwood, just a couple of kilometres outside of Adelaide.
There’s a 8km neutral stage, which is then followed by the official start in Brian Grove. It’s then 130km of riding on the way to the Barossa Valley – no stops for a wine tour – it’s straight off the finish in Tanunda.
Stage 4 has 2 Jayco Sprints. The first is at Kersbrook after 25.3km, followed by the second in Mt Pleasant at 51km. There’s also two climbs as part of the SKODA King of the Mountain.
We start off with a Category 2 climb just five kilometres from the first sprint point in Kersbrook (30.8km) and then a Category 1 climb just 23km from the finish (at 107.4km).
A bunch finish saw German Andre Greipel claim his tenth career stage win at the Tour Down Under, including his second this year (he won Stage 1 on Tuesday).
The peloton yesterday were challenged by a four-man breakawy, but managed to haul them in just after the second sprint point.
Greipel’s win gave him the Ochre jersey for today and holds an eight second lead over Martin Kohler, while young Aussie Michael Matthews is back a further four seconds in third. Simon Gerrans from the GreenEDGE team is back in fifth sixteen seconds back.
The German also holds the lead in the Jayco Sprinters classifications (the sprinters jersey though will be worn by Belarussian Yauheni Hutarovich who is in second), while Thomas de Gendt from the Vacansoleil-DCM team is wearing King of the Mountain jersey today with a 2 point lead.
Don’t forget, any questions, thoughts or comments – send them through. We’ll do our best to keep you up to date. We’ll start live blogging on Stage 4 of the SANTOS Tour Down Under from 1130 AEDST (1100 SA Time)