Composed Bernal moves up

19 Jan 2018

Composed Bernal moves up

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Egan Bernal moved up to 10th in the General Classification at the Tour Down Under as Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage four after a reduced bunch sprint in Uraidla.

Bernal was part of an elite group that formed on the ascent up Norton Summit as the main peloton dwindled following a tough day of racing in temperatures exceeding 40 degrees centigrade from start to finish. 

The strong performance also means he will wear the best Young Rider’s jersey as he tackles Willunga Hill on Saturday’s Queen Stage which looks as though it will again be pivotal in deciding the race winner. 

It was a composed day on the bike from Bernal, who was well-placed by teammates who had reacted to a two-man breakaway being caught and moved to the front of the peloton to ensure the Colombian youngster was able to react to any breaks.

Sport Director Brett Lancaster was quick to praise Bernal, but also his teammates for their hard work. 

He told TeamSky.com: “It was a good result. He’s never raced in conditions that hot in his whole career, and it definitely knocked him round a bit, but he did really well.

“The guys did a fanstasic job and that heat was super extreme and they all went really deep for him.

“I’m very thankful for that and we’ll see what will happen tomorrow.”
Brett Lancaster

Brett Lancaster

We’ll put Egan in position again at the bottom of the hill and let him do his thing
Willunga Hill is the centrepiece of stage five of the Tour Down Under, and Lancaster believes the weather could play a big role.

He continued: “Anything could happen, there will be pretty tough temperatures again. 

“A lot of guys are in contention to take the win, so its a hard one to call. 

“We’ll put Egan in position again at the bottom of the hill and let him do his thing.” 

Unfortunately Jon Dibben did not make the time cut off and will be unable to race for the remaining stages.
Stage four result
1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)  3:21:07
2. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) s.t.
3. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) s.t.
4. Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) s.t
5. Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) s.t.
11. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) s.t.

Overall classification
1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)  14:19:49
2. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) +2” 
3. Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) +9”
4. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) +10”
5. Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) +14”
11. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) s.t.

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