Bouhanni sprints to stage 4 victory and Saudi Tour lead


Nacer Bouhanni powered to victory on the fourth and penultimate stage of the Saudi Tour to claim the race overall lead.

The Arkea-Samsic rider had finished in the top five in each of the first three stages and grabbed a two-second advantage in the general classification from Niccolo Bonifazio.

It was Bouhanni’s first stage win since the sixth stage of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana.

“I needed this victory because otherwise you start to have doubts,” he said.

“Today, my teammates did an incredible job. By being led out this way, the only thing I could do was win. Now let’s defend the (overall leader’s) jersey.”

The inaugural edition of the race finishes with a 144km ride around Riyadh on Saturday.

Saudi Tour 2020 – stage 4 results (Wadi Namar Park – Al Mazuhimiya King Saugìd University):

1Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic)


2Niccolò Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie)


3Yevgeniy Gidich (Astana)


4Damiano Cima (Gazprom-Rusvelo)


5Ivo Oliveira (UAE Team Emirates)


6Adrien Garel (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept)


7Orluis Aular (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)


8Stephen Bassett (Rally Cycling)


9Vladislav Kulikov (Gazprom-Rusvelo)


10Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain McLaren)



Saudi Tour 2020 – general classification after stage 4:

1Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic)


2Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain McLaren)


3Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)


4Youcef Reguigui (Terengganu inc. TSG)


5Heinrich Haussler (Bahrain McLaren)


6Carlos Barbero (NTT0


7Sergei Chernetskii (Gazprom-Rusvelo)


8Andreas Lorentz Kron (Riwal Readynez)


9Geoffrey Soupe (Total Direct Energie)


10Fabien Doubey (Circus-Wanty Gobert)



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