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Tour Down Under: Ben Swift second behind Simon Gerrans on stage four

Tour Down Under: Ben Swift second behind Simon Gerrans on stage four

Second consecutive stage win for Simon Gerrans sees the Australian strengthen his lead in the Tour Down Under
– Photos by Graham Watson Simon Gerrans wins stage 4 of the 2016 Tour Down Under Simon Gerrans pipped Ben Swift to win stage four of the Tour Down Under and strengthen his lead on the overall classification.

Gerrans followed the wheel of lead-out man Daryl Impey in the closing metres of a reduced group sprint with Swift (Sky) unable to come around the Australian in Victor Harbor.

“I really worked hard for this year’s event, put in a big pre-season so it’s nice the work is starting to pay off,” the 35-year-old said of his second consecutive stage triumph.

Gerrans has a handy 14 second buffer on Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff) heading into tomorrow’s queen stage at Willunga with Sky’s Sergio Henao sitting fifth in the general classification, 28 seconds in arrears of the leader. Geraint Thomas and Sergio Henao at the front of the peloton Henao furthered his advantage in the mountain classification claiming the single KOM prime, which featured in the punchy 138km run, as Richie Porte (BMC) was unable to stay with the Colombian.

The peloton sped out of Norwood this morning […]

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