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Peter Sagan claims stage 4 triumph in Tour Down Under in extreme heat

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Peter Sagan showed his class when he won the fourth stage of the Tour Down Under on Friday, taking the overall lead in the process.

Sagan, who had a string of minor placings in the last two years of the race, finally enjoyed a win in the run into the town of Urailda.

The Slovakian finished the stage in 3hr 21min 7sec to take the ochre leader’s jersey, two seconds ahead of South African Daryl Impey, who finished second.

Sagan formed part of a lead group that caught race leader Zak Dempster on the approach to the King of the Mountain climb at the top of Norton Summit Road.

Sagan remained in a good position at the front of the leading group as a number of riders tried to attack. But on the fast descent to the line, the 27-year-old made his move.

He followed the wheel of Impey before turning on the power in the final metres to take the win.

Impey finished second, with Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) and McCarthy  making up the top five.

Sagan said despite taking the leader’s jersey, he was expecting teammate McCarthy to take the lead on stage five, which includes two climbs up the notorious Willunga Hill.

“Tomorrow will be again another story,” he said. “I’m in the ochre jersey now but we all know we are racing here for Jay. It’s his home race. He’ll have a much harder climb than today to have his say tomorrow.”

Sagan added that although the temperature reached 45 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit), it was not the hottest day of racing he had experienced.

“It’s been a very hard day of racing but maybe not the hottest in my career so far, as I’ve experienced something slightly hotter in California a couple of years ago,” he said.

Tour Down Under 2018 – stage 4 results (Norwood – Uraidla):

1Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

3:21:07

2Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

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3Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)

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4Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)

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5Jay McCarthy (Bora-hansgrohe)

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6Dries Devenyns (Quick-Step Floors)

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7Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida)

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8Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

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9Pierre Latour (AG2R)

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10Laurent Didier (Trek-Segafredo)

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General classification after stage 4:

1Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

14:19:49

2Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

+02”

3Jay McCarthy (Bora-hansgrohe)

+09”

4Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)

+10”

5Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)

+14”

6Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo)

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7Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

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8George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo)

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9Dries Devenyns (Quick-Step Floors)

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10Egan Bernal (Team Sky)

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