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Mathieu van der Poel in a league of his own in Tour of Britain

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Mathieu van der Poel took over as the Tour of Britain‘s overall leader after winning Tuesday’s fourth stage from Gateshead to Kendal.

The Dutchman made his move on a sharp rise in the closing stages of the 173.2km stage.

He tracked the three-rider breakaway before blowing away the rest of the reduced field, with Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal) and Simon Clarke (EF Education First) following him home and completing the podium.

Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) finished in ninth place and conceded his race lead. Van der Poel is ahead by a second.

“It was a bit of gamble because I didn’t really know where the finish line was,” Van der Poel said of his push to the finish line.

“I got bumped in yesterday and I didn’t want that to happen again today, so I went full gas 300 metres to go. It was a bit far but got I got a gap and the final 100m was a bit easier.

“It’s really nice to win this stage. It was a really, really hard stage, with lots of climbing.”



Tour of Britain 2019 – stage 4 results (Gateshead – Kendal):

1Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

4:23:08

2Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal)

+03”

3Simon Clarke (EF Education First)

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4Ben Swift (Team Ineos)

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5Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Jumbo – Visma)

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6Tom Van Asbroeck (Israel Cycling Academy)

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7Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Gobert)

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8Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy)

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9Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)

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10Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)

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Tour of Britain 2019 – general classification after stage 4:

1Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

17:36:27

2Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)

+01”

3Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal)

+07”

4Simon Clarke (EF Education First)

+14”

5Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma)

+15”

6Ben Swift (Team Ineos)

+19”

7Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Jumbo – Visma)

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8Thomas Sprengers (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise)

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9Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin)

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10Andrey Amador (Movistar)

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