Andre Greipel sprints to second Tour of Britain stage victory

Andre Greipel wins tour of britain stage 4

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):

1Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal)


2Sacha Modolo (EF Education First-Drapac)


3Patrick Bevin (BMC)


4Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin)


5Carlos Barbero (Movistar)


6Emils Liepins (ONE Pro Cycling)


7Romain Cardis (Direct Energie)


8Daniel McLay (EF Education First-Drapac)


9Andrew Tennant (Canyon-Eisberg)


10Gabriel Cullaigh (Team Wiggins)



General classification after stage 4:

1Patrick Bevin (BMC)


2Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott)


3Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)


4Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar)


5Wout Poels (Team Sky)


6Christopher Hamilton (Team Sunweb)


7Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)


8Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)


9Hugh Carthy (EF Education First-Drapac)


10Scott Davies (Dimension Data)



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