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Aviva Tour of Britain 2015 | Stage 4 – Edinburgh – Blyth

Fernando Gaviria wins Stage Four from Edinburgh to Blyth

 

Author: Chris Maher/ Press Release, Pictures courtesy of: Chris Maher | Photography

 

September 06th-13th 2015

 

Aviva Tour of Britain 2015 | Stage 4 - Edinburgh to Blyth

 

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 W orld Omnium Champion Fernando Gaviria claimed one of the best wins of his career to date, sprinting to victory in Blyth, Northumberland, showing an extraordinary turn of speed to beat Andre Greipel and Edvald Boasson Hagen at the end of a long, 217-kilometre stage from Edinburgh.

 

Aviva Tour of Britain 2015 Stage Four Stage Winner, GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando, Etixx Quick-Step
Aviva Tour of Britain 2015 Stage Four Stage Winner, GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando, Etixx Quick-Step

 

Gaviria, just 21, was expertly guided into pole positon by the Etixx Quick-Step team with Zdenek Stybar acting as pilot and Mark Cavendish as sweeper before he moved decisively to the right of the road and taking off with a blistering turn of speed reminiscent of Cavendish at his best, offering up a low crouching profile to reduce the drag.

 

It was a classy and comprehensive win in Northumberland, earning a congratulatory handshake from Greipel and a raised fist of triumph from teammate Cavendish as he crossed the line.

 

The victory was Etixx Quick-Step’s second so far of the Aviva Tour of Britain, and came on the day that their Stage Two winner Petr Vakoc retired from the race as a result of the crash that cost him the Aviva Yellow Jersey at Floors Castle.

 

It was a textbook ride by the Etixx Quick-Step team who rode aggressively to put the dangerous Matteo Trentin in the break for them, which meant that the team could then rely on the Movistar Team and Team Sky to make most of the going chasing before coming to the fore at the end. Trentin’s reward was the Crockwell Bishop cheese from Rouleur as Combativity Award winner for Stage Four from Edinburgh to Blyth.

 

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 4, Combativity, Matteo Trentin, Etixx Quick-Step
Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 4, Combativity, Matteo Trentin, Etixx Quick-Step

 

“It was a victory for the team, Mark put me in a very good positon and I just went for it,” said Gaviria from Le Ceja near Medellin. “My mentality is always to go for the win.

 

“I have been very surprised by the crowds, they have been very big, back in Colombia these days you don’t get such big crowds as this anymore for cycling, so it was great to race in front of so many fans. The countryside was good but it was the first time I have seen a windfarm, I did wonder what that was when we rode past one.”

 

Gaviria’s stage win was the first for a Colombian rider since Mauricio Ardila’s victory at Celtic Manor in the inaugural edition of the modern Tour of Britain in 2004.

 

A considerable career awaits for a rider that his DS Brian Holm described yesterday as a cross between Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish.

 

High praise indeed for Gaviria who looked pleased at the compliment. “They are great riders and champions and I have always dreamed to be a rider like them so I am very happy to be compared with them.”

 

At the top of the Aviva General Classification Movistar’s Juan Jose Lobato stayed in the Aviva Yellow Jersey, although with a lead trimmed to six seconds thanks to the bonus seconds for Boasson Hagen’s third place.

 

Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 4, Yellow Jersey - Juan Jose Lobato - Movistar
Aviva Tour of Britain Stage 4, Yellow Jersey – Juan Jose Lobato – Movistar

 

The Spaniard did though lose the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey, which switches to the shoulders of Team WIGGINS’ Owain Doull, also the Premier Inn Best British Rider.

 

After a spectacular opening few kilometres through the heart of Edinburgh, including the Royal Mile, a strong six rider break including Alan Marangoni, Danilo Wyss, Michael Svendgaard, Rob Partridge and Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg & Trentin.

 

Aviva Tour of Britain 2015 Stage Four, Edinburgh to Blyth, 25Kms to go heading to Morpeth...
Aviva Tour of Britain 2015 Stage Four, Edinburgh to Blyth, 25Kms to go heading to Morpeth…

 

Trentin, who had started the day just 18-seconds back from Lobato, resulted in the Movistar Team led by former World Hour record holder Alex Dowsett to be pressed into immediate service to ride hard in the service of their Aviva Yellow Jersey.

 

GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando, Stage 4, Edinburgh to Blyth... 25 Kms remaining!
GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando, Stage 4, Edinburgh to Blyth… 25 Kms remaining!

 

With the Movistar Team keeping the break pegged at four minutes, the sprint trains of Sky and Lotto Soudal took over responsibility for the chase, working hard to reduce the deficit, as they passed through thousands of spectators in the towns of Coldstream, Wooler and Alnwick among others.

 

Aviva Tour of Britain 2015 Stage Four, Edinburgh to Blyth, Stannard leading the Sky Train!
Aviva Tour of Britain 2015 Stage Four, Edinburgh to Blyth, Stannard leading the Sky Train!

 

In the SKODA King of the Mountains competition there was no change with Tom Stewart of Madison Genesis still leading on 25 points, two ahead of Ian Bibby of NFTO and Kristian House of JLT Condor presented by Mavic. Nor was there any change in the YodelDirect Sprints with Peter Williams of ONE Pro Cycling still one point ahead of Pim Ligthart of Lotto Soudal and Aidis Kruopis of An Post Chain Reaction.

 

Aviva Tour of Britain, YodelDirect Sprints Jersey - Pete Williams - ONE Pro Cycling
Aviva Tour of Britain, YodelDirect Sprints Jersey – Pete Williams – ONE Pro Cycling

 

Stage 4 | Edinburgh to Blyth 217.4 Kms

 

1          12        GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando        EQS    COL    B:10″ 00″

2          71        GREIPEL André                                LTS     GER    B:06″ ‘ ‘

3          81        BOASSON HAGEN Edvald                         MTN   NOR   B:04″ ‘ ‘

4          194      DOULL Owain                                  WGN GBR    ‘ ‘

5          73        DEBUSSCHERE Jens                       LTS     BEL    ‘ ‘

6          36        VANGENECHTEN Jonas                 IAM    BEL    ‘ ‘

7          26        VIVIANI Elia                                                SKY    ITA     ‘ ‘

8          82        CIOLEK Gerald                                 MTN   GER    ‘ ‘

9          42        GERTS Floris                                     BMC   NED    ‘ ‘

10        122      BRIGGS Graham                               JLT      GBR    ‘ ‘

11        175      OPIE Chris                                         ONE    GBR    ‘ ‘

12        11        CAVENDISH Mark                           EQS    GBR    ‘ ‘

14        142      MORKOV Michael                            TCS     DEN    ‘ ‘

15        104      LOBATO DEL VALLE Juan Jose    MOV   ESP     ‘ ‘

16        21        SWIFT Ben                                         SKY    GBR    ‘ ‘

17        53        GULDHAMMER Rasmus                 CLT     DEN    ‘ ‘

18        114      PERON Andrea                                  TNN    ITA     ‘ ‘

19        25        POELS Wouter                                   SKY    NED    ‘ ‘

20        44        TEUNS Dylan                                    BMC   BEL    ‘ ‘

 

General Classification Aviva Yellow Jersey

 

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1          104      LOBATO DEL VALLE Juan Jose    MOV   ESP     18h50’12” 00″

2          81        BOASSON HAGEN Edvald                         MTN   NOR   18h50’18” 06″

3          42        GERTS Floris                                     BMC   NED    18h50’24” 12″

4          25        POELS Wouter                                   SKY    NED    18h50’25” 13″

5          1          VAN BAARLE Dylan                       TCG    NED    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

6          194      DOULL Owain                                  WGN GBR    18h50’26” 14″

7          122      BRIGGS Graham                               JLT      GBR    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

8          53        GULDHAMMER Rasmus                 CLT     DEN    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

9          15        TRENTIN Matteo                              EQS    ITA     ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

10        84        PAUWELS Serge                               MTN   BEL    18h50’32” 20″

11        44        TEUNS Dylan                                    BMC   BEL    18h50’34” 22″

12        73        DEBUSSCHERE Jens                       LTS     BEL    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

13        14        STYBAR Zdenek                               EQS    CZE    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

14        102      FERNANDEZ Ruben                        MOV   ESP     ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

15        151      HART Tao Geoghegan                       GBR    GBR    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

16        141      KISERLOVSKI Robert                     TCS     CRO    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

17        6          ZEPUNTKE Ruben                            TCG    GER    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

18        133      KRUIJSWIJK Steven                                    TLJ      NED    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

19        106      INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Benat   MOV   ESP     ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

20        103      IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka          MOV   ESP     ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

 

Skoda King of the Mountains Jersey

 

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1          96        STEWART Thomas                            GBR    MGT   25

2          163      BIBBY Ian                                         GBR    NPC    23

3          121      HOUSE Kristian                                 GBR    JLT      20

4          83        FARRAR Tyler                                  USA    MTN   18

5          176      WILLIAMS Peter                              GBR    ONE    17

6          45        WYSS Danilo                                     SUI     BMC   15

7          94        CRONSHAW Mathew                      GBR    MGT   14

8          62        DUNNE Conor                                   IRL     SKT     14

9          166      PARTRIDGE Robert                          GBR    NPC    13

10        23        KENNAUGH Peter                           GBR    SKY    13

 

YodelDirect Sprints Jersey

 

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1          176      WILLIAMS Peter                              GBR    ONE    9

2          74        LIGTHART Pim                                 NED    LTS     8

3          64        KRUOPIS Aidis                                 LTU    SKT     8

4          45        WYSS Danilo                                     SUI     BMC   7

5          62        DUNNE Conor                                   IRL     SKT     7

6          15        TRENTIN Matteo                              ITA     EQS    4

7          172      BIALOBLOCKI Marcin                    POL    ONE    4

8          121      HOUSE Kristian                                 GBR    JLT      3

9          83        FARRAR Tyler                                  USA    MTN   3

10        55        SVENDGAARD Michael Carbel      DEN    CLT     3

 

Chain Reactions Cycles Points Jersey

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1          194      DOULL Owain                                     GBR    WGN 44

2          104      LOBATO DEL VALLE Juan Jose    ESP     MOV   40

3          26        VIVIANI Elia                                         ITA     SKY    39

4          73        DEBUSSCHERE Jens                       BEL    LTS     31

5          71        GREIPEL André                                  GER    LTS     27

6          81        BOASSON HAGEN Edvald               NOR   MTN   26

7          15        TRENTIN Matteo                              ITA     EQS    24

8          122      BRIGGS Graham                               GBR    JLT      23

9          2          BETTIOL Alberto                              ITA     TCG    20

10        42        GERTS Floris                                     NED    BMC   17

 

The race resumes in Northumberland tomorrow, Thursday 10 September, with Stage Five starting from Prudhoe at 11:15 and taking in Hadrian’s Wall, before crossing into Cumbria and skirting Ullswater in the Lake District National Park. The stage concludes with the summit finish of Hartside, an eight-kilometre climb above Penrith, averaging just over 5%.

 

Stage Winner - GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando - Etixx Quick-Step
Stage Winner – GAVIRIA RENDON Fernando – Etixx Quick-Step

 

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