Sprinters denied by breakaway

17 May 2017

Sprinters denied by breakaway

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A breakaway spoiled the party for Elia Viviani and other sprinters in the peloton on stage four of the Tour of California as Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling) took the stage win.

The five man group of Mathias Le Turnier (Cofidis), Lennard Hofstede (Team Sunweb), Gavin Mannion (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) as well as Huffman and Rally Cycling teammate Rob Britton escaped the bunch to land a daring long range attack.

The quintet stretched their lead to nearly 10 minutes until a number of teams picked up the pace at the front of the peloton with 40km left and the time gap started to dwindle. 

Indeed, when Team Sky drove the pace up again with 7km to go, a sprint finish looked inevitable. 

However, in windy conditions a number of teams saw their number split in the pursuit and despite a late push from Bora-Hansgrohe, Huffman was able to seal victory as the peloton loomed over his shoulder.
Gabriel Rasch

Gabriel Rasch

We will be looking for them to dig deep tomorrow as it’s going to be a tough stage
There was no change to the overall lead, with GC contenders Ian Boswell and Tao Geoghegan Hart both safely finishing in the peloton ahead of Thursday’s Queen stage, which pleased Sport Director Gabriel Rasch .

He told TeamSky.com: “With the tailwind it was a really tough stage and it was difficult to get riders into the break and then get the break back.  
 
“We have Tao and Boswell still there on GC and we will be looking for them to dig deep tomorrow as it’s going to be a tough stage.”
Ian Boswell currently sits third on GC

Ian Boswell currently sits third on GC

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