Cycling

Simon Gerrans wins 4th stage Down Under

Simon Gerrans (AFP)
Simon Gerrans (AFP)

Adelaide - Australian Simon Gerrans won a feisty sprint finish to claim Friday's 138-kilometre fourth stage of the Tour Down Under, setting himself up for his fourth overall victory in the event.

Gerrans, who also won Thursday's third stage in a sprint, has the advantage going into the fifth stage, a 151.5-kilometre stretch from McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill on Saturday.

"I'm absolutely thrilled with that," the 35-year-old said while thanking his team for making his run "as easy as possible".

Gerrans, the overall winner of the Tour Down Under in 2006, 2012 and 2014, will be hoping experience pays off when it comes to Willunga Hill.

But the Orica GreenEdge leader is taking nothing for granted, having been caught in a mass pile-up inside the final kilometre of Wednesday's stage just after putting himself in a perfect position to take the stage win.

"I still have to be very, very attentive going into Willunga tomorrow. We have a nice little buffer there, but there's still a heck of a lot of work to be done," he said.

Gerrans crossed the line Friday in three hours, 13 minutes and 59 seconds ahead of English Sky rider Ben Swift and Italian Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafrefo) who were both credited with the same time.

In the general classification, Gerrans (13:41.58) leads fellow Australians Jay McCarthy (+14 seconds) and Rohan Dennis (+26).

Results after the 138-kilometre fourth stage of the UCI Tour Down Under from Norwood to Victor Harbor in South Australia on Friday:

1. Simon Gerrans (AUS/Orica GreenEDGE) 3hr 13min 59sec

2. Ben Swift (ENG/Sky) same time

3. Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA/Trek-Segafredo) s.t.

4. Jay McCarthy (AUS/Tinkoff) s.t.

5. Leigh Howard (AUS/IAM) s.t.

6. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA/Team Dimension Data) s.t.

7. Sergey Lagutin (RUS/Katusha) s.t.

8. Aleksei Tcatevich (RUS/Katusha) s.t.

9. Nathan Haas (AUS/Team Dimension Data) s.t.

10. Enrico Battaglin (ITA/Lotto NL-Jumbo) s.t.

General Classification

1. Simon Gerrans (AUS/Orica GreenEDGE) 13hr 41min 58sec

2. Jay McCarthy (AUS/Tinkoff) at 14 seconds

3. Dennis Rohan (AUS/BMC) +26sec

4. Sergio Henao (COL/SKY) +28sec

5. Steve Morabito (SUI/FDJ) s.t.

6. Ruben Fernandez (ESP/Movistar) s.t.

7. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/Ag2r La Mondiale) s.t.

8. Michael Woods (CAN/Cannondale) +32sec

9. Rafael Valls Ferri (ESP/Lotto-Soudal) +36sec

10. Richie Porte (AUS/BMC) s.t.

King of the Mountain

1. Sergio Henao (COL/SKY) 26 pts

2. Michael Woods (CAN/Cannondale) 12 pts

3. Richie Porte (AUS/BMC) 12 pts

Sprint

1. Jay McCarthy (AUS/Tinkoff) 46 pts

2. Simon Gerrans (AUS/Orica GreenEDGE) 43 pts

3. Dennis Rohan (AUS/BMC) 27 pts


Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
45% - 5522 votes
Cricket
11% - 1369 votes
Football
18% - 2288 votes
Athletics
2% - 276 votes
Boxing
1% - 106 votes
Cycling
2% - 278 votes
Golf
5% - 608 votes
Motorsport
8% - 976 votes
Tennis
3% - 389 votes
Water sports
1% - 109 votes
American sports
1% - 117 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 359 votes
Vote