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Tirreno-Adriatico: Wout Poels takes race lead with solo win on stage four

Wouter Poels wins Stage 4 of the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico
Image: Wout Poels wins Stage 4 of the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico

Team Sky’s Wout Poels claimed the overall lead of Tirreno-Adriatico after escaping to a solo victory on stage four.

The Dutch rider attacked out of the peloton just shy of the summit of the day’s final climb with 6km to go and extended his lead down the descent to the finish to win by 14 seconds from runner-up Rigoberto Uran (Etixx – Quick-Step) and the third-placed Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha).

Poels also picked up 10 bonus seconds and consequently moves to the top of the general classification, where he now has a 17-second lead over second-placed Uran, with Britain’s Steve Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) 26 seconds adrift in third place.

Pre-race favourite Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) finished in the chasing peloton and is now tenth overall, 32 seconds down.

Poels, who joined Team Sky from Etixx - Quick-Step over the winter, said afterwards: “It was the perfect timing. I was looking a bit to the big riders like Contador and Nibali, but I had so good legs so I thought I attack on the top of the climb and you only have to do the downhill. It worked pretty good."

Poels will now look to defend his lead on Sunday’s crucial fifth stage, which ends with a potentially race-deciding summit finish at Terminillo.

Poels added: “I’m in really good shape so I’m not really afraid of the stage of tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it in the leader’s jersey.”

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Stage four result

1 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky, 5:53:38
2 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx – Quick-Step, +14secs
3 Joaquim Rodriguez (Esp) Katusha, same time
4 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale, st
5 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale, st
6 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo, st
7 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha, st
8 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar, st
9 Jurgen van den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal, st
10 Adam Yates (GB) Orica-GreenEdge, st

General classification

1 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky, 14:28:18
2 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx – Quick-Step, +17secs
3 Steve Cummings (GB) MTN-Qhubeka, +26
4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr, same time
5 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo, +27
6 Jonathan Castroviejo (Esp) Movistar, +28
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing, st
8 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo, +30
9 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana, +31
10 Alberto Contador (Esp) Tinkoff-Saxo, +32

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