Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) won the Tour of Britain‘s fourth stage as the German held his nerve in a sprint finish at Leamington Spa on Wednesday.
Greipel won for a second time this week, adding the 183.5-kilometres stage from Nuneaton to Sunday’s opening win in Newport.
Sacha Modolo (EF Education First-Drapac) finished second, with race leader Patrick Bevin (BMC) coming in third place.
“I knew it was going to be a long sprint but I planned to go from the corner full gas and it worked out perfectly,” Greipel said.
Bevin held on to the overall lead by picking up four bonus seconds ahead of Thursday’s fifth stage, a 14km uphill team time-trial from Cockermouth to Whinlatter.
Cameron Meyer is four seconds behind and Julian Alaphilippe is a further two seconds back.
“It was the plan to be first into the last corner. If you’re going to lead out, you’re not going to win, but you might get a podium and some more time,” Bevin said.
“With 400 metres to go I had Jempy (Drucker) drop me off and then I came up the inside of the corner.”
Tour of Britain 2018 – stage 4 results (Nuneaton – Royal Leamington Spa):
|1||Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal)|
|2||Sacha Modolo (EF Education First-Drapac)|
|3||Patrick Bevin (BMC)|
|4||Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin)|
|5||Carlos Barbero (Movistar)|
|6||Emils Liepins (ONE Pro Cycling)|
|7||Romain Cardis (Direct Energie)|
|8||Daniel McLay (EF Education First-Drapac)|
|9||Andrew Tennant (Canyon-Eisberg)|
|10||Gabriel Cullaigh (Team Wiggins)|
General classification after stage 4:
|1||Patrick Bevin (BMC)|
|2||Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|3||Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)|
|4||Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar)|
|5||Wout Poels (Team Sky)|
|6||Christopher Hamilton (Team Sunweb)|
|7||Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)|
|8||Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)|
|9||Hugh Carthy (EF Education First-Drapac)|
|10||Scott Davies (Dimension Data)|