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October 13/14 11:40 am - Tour of Beijing: Stage 4


Posted by Editoress on 10/13/14
 

Mountain magic for Martin, but Gilbert remains leader

It was the closest of finishes but Philippe Gilbert (BMC) has managed to hold onto the overall lead at the 2014 Tour of Beijing with Dan Martin reigning supreme on the mountain-top finish for the 157km Queen stage of the final WorldTour event of the season.

Martin crossed the finish line at Mentougou Miaofeng in a time of 4:12:14, just two seconds ahead of a charging trio of Esteban Chaves (Orica – GreenEdge), Gilbert and Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida).

Starting the day 11 seconds behind Gilbert in the General Classification, Martin needed real time plus the former world champion to finish further down the standings to take the red jersey.

“It’s the way it is,” said Martin at the finish. “I’m just happy to win the stage. I’ve been twice second in stages of this race and second overall last year so it’s just nice to be able to win a stage.”

Martin’s victory was set up by a long solo effort from teammate, Ryder Hesjedal who attacked with around six kilometres to go on the final climb after an early break was reeled in and the selections began to take place.

“I was a bit surprised when Ryder went but he’s had good legs all week as well and he had to try,” explained Martin. “With the headwind, it was the only way to do it.”

Gilbert’s form has been on show for all to see this week with the Belgian claiming victory on Stage 2. Martin explained that he was not surprised that Gilbert was able to make the final selection on the definitive climb.

“I knew it was going to be a headwind on the climb,” Martin said. “It’s not that hard of a climb. It’s a big chain ring for a lot of it and we’re going at 30km/h so it’s not really a climber’s climb at all.”

Gilbert will take a three second advantage over Martin into Tuesday’s final stage with Chaves a further six seconds back. It’s a lead that Gilbert is confident of holding on to.

“You never know, you can have a technical or something but I’m in a safe position I think,” he said.

Gilbert said he was looking forward to tomorrow’s final stage of the final edition of the Tour of Beijing, which starts from Tiananmen Square before 12 laps around the Bird’s Nest.

“That’s pretty special because I’m happy to be here,” the Belgian explained. “At the beginning I was thinking ‘I don’t want to go there, it’s a long trip and the season has been long and so on’. But now I’m there and I enjoy the race, it’s a nice country when the sky is clear. It’s a nice experience.”

Gilbert was particularly looking forward to the stage start opposite the Forbidden City.

“It’s great to have these roads closed for us,” he said. “It’s a big experience. It’s a little bit like riding on the Champs Elysees with the Tour [de France].”

The break tries their luck
Luka Mezgec (Giant-Shimano) made the most of the fact that it took a number of skirmishes from the front of the peloton for the eventual day’s break to form, scooping up the points on offer at the first intermediate sprint of the day at kilometre 12. Finishing ahead of Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge), Steele Von Hoff (Garmin-Sharp) and Gilbert, Mezgec took the lead in the points classification by just one point ahead of Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp).  The green jersey needing one more day to be decided.

A group of four breakaway riders escaped the peloton at the 25km mark, getting a head start on the five categorized climbs before the finale. Guillaume Boivin (Cannondale), Graeme Brown (Belkin), Boris Vallee (Lotto Belisol), and Julien Vermote (Omega Pharma QuickStep) built up a lead of over four minutes on the bunch. Vermote, starting the day at 21 seconds, the virtual leader on the road.

With 35km to go and on the climb to the penultimate KOM, Brown was the first to fall back from the breakaway with BMC and Garmin-Sharp sharing the pace-making. Vermote, in an effort that would earn him the nod as day’s most aggressive rider, gradually shook off his remaining breakaway companions, maintaining a solo lead over the peloton over the bottom half of the 12km climb to Mentougou Miaofeng.

The real action begins
Lotto-Belisol neo-pro Louis Vervaeke was next to fire off a shot, with the Tour de l’Avenir stage winner opening up a 10 second lead over the bunch lead by Dario Cataldo (Team Sky), Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol), and Hesjedal. The pace was enough to end any momentum of defending champion, Benat Intxausti while BMC’s Gilbert and Sanchez bided their time towards the back of the selection.

With Vervaeke unable to maintain his pace, Hesjedal made his move, ever watchful on any action happening in his rear view.

“I figured I’d try to take a chance because you never know until you get out there,” explained Hesjedal after the finish. “I could do an effort and force the other guys to work and not just give them a free ride and from the looks of it, that really helped Dan. He could be relaxed and put the race on everyone else.”

The 2012 Giro d’Italia winner did everything to maximize his advantage, even emptying out his water bottles on his way to a 14 second lead over the chase with four kilometres remaining.

An attack from Ricardo Zoidl (Trek Factory Racing) and Pieter Serry (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) helped to whittle down Hesjedal’s gap, with around 15 riders left in the bunch. Hesjedal, all the while looking at the action behind him, would have been pleased to see Martin move into second wheel, with the Zoidl, Serry move nullified and Chaves at the front of the pack with two kilometres to go.

“Unfortunately there was a lot of guys willing to ride the front and get him back,” explained Martin. “It did make my life easier because it made me relax and it was a lot different race to last year where everybody was just attacking and stopping.”

As Hesjedal was caught, it was the Beijing Olympic Champion Sanchez was the next on the front, with Martin playing a waiting game until just 300 metres remained when he went for broke with a sprint to the finish line.

“The GC would have been a bonus but the guys rode incredible all day – all week in fact they’ve been incredible – it’s unfortunate to miss the GC,” the Irishman admitted. “Obviously anything can happen tomorrow but, other than bad luck I think Philippe’s got the GC. I’m still happy with second place [overall].”

The run to second place by Chaves put the Colombian into the white jersey with overnight leader in the young rider classification, Jesus Herrada (Movistar) finishing nearly three minutes down on Martin.

Tour of Beijing press release



Results

Stage 4: Yanqing to Mentougou Miaofeng Mountain, 157 km
1 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 4:12:14
2 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEDGE at 0:02
3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
4 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida both s.t.
5 Julian Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing 0:10
6 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
7 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano
8 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
9 Sergey Chernetski (Rus) Katusha Team all s.t.
10 David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky 0:13
11 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
12 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEDGE
13 Mikael Chérel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
14 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing Team all s.t.
15 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:18
16 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:25
17 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky s.t.
18 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar 0:31
19 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar
20 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Team Europcar
21 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE all s.t.
22 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:35
23 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team 0:43
24 Ricardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing 0:45
25 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr 1:21
26 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team 1:23
27 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Team
28 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky both s.t.
29 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida 1:30
30 Romain Guillemois (Fra) Team Europcar 1:51
31 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar
32 Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
33 Jesus Alberto Hernandez Blazquez (Esp) Tinkoff-Saxo
34 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Esp) Omega Pharma-QuickStep all s.t.
35 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Shimano 2:32
36 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha Team 2:50
37 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team 2:52
38 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 3:05
39 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 3:30
40 Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) FDJ.fr s.t.
41 Philip Gaimon (USA) Garmin-Sharp 3:37
42 Christiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale
43 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
44 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Esp) Movistar Team
45 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team all s.t.
46 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo 3:37
47 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano 4:26
48 Carlos Betancur (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 4:36
49 Nick Van Der Lijke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
50 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
51 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale
52 Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Esp) Movistar Team
53 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky
54 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickStep all s.t.
55 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEDGE 7:16
56 Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale 7:57
57 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale
58 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano
59 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team
60 Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
61 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
62 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
63 Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEDGE
64 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE all s.t.
65 Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha Team 8:49
66 Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 10:30
67 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
68 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
69 Gang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida
70 Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
71 Dan Craven (Nam) Team Europcar
72 Julien Bérard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
73 Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar
74 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto-Belisol Team
75 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
76 Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ.fr
77 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team
78 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr all s.t.
79 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha Team 11:31
80 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida 13:13
81 Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Lampre-Merida
82 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano
83 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Movistar Team
84 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
85 Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky all s.t.
86 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 13:16
87 Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing 15:15
88 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing s.t.
89 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 16:14
90 Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ.fr
91 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale both s.t.
92 Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team 18:27
93 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr 18:46
94 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar
95 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
96 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team
97 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp
98 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp
99 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale
100 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale
101 Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
102 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team
103 Maximiliano Richeze Ariel (Arg) Lampre-Merida
104 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp
105 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
106 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp
107 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
108 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky
109 Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
110 Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Shimano
111 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
112 Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team
113 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Shimano
114 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team
115 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team
116 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr
117 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Cannondale
118 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
119 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky
120 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
121 Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
122 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
123 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
124 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
125 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE all s.t.
126 Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha Team 22:36
127 Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
128 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team both s.t.
129 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team 31:00
130 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team s.t.
DNS Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
GC
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 15:19:47
2 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp at 0:03
3 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEDGE 0:09
4 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida 0:11
5 Sergey Chernetski (Rus) Katusha Team 0:23
6 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano
7 Julian Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing
8 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma-QuickStep all s.t.
10 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:26
11 Mikael Chérel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
12 David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Team Sky
13 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing Team
14 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEDGE all s.t.
15 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar 0:44
16 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:47
17 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:48
18 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:54
19 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky s.t.
20 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Team Europcar 1:00
21 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team 1:06
22 Ricardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing 1:14
23 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky 1:36
24 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Team 1:46
25 Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 2:04
26 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr 2:10
27 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar 2:20
28 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Esp) Omega Pharma-QuickStep s.t.
29 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Shimano 2:45
30 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team 3:04
31 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha Team 3:13
32 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE 3:29
33 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 3:34
34 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 3:53
35 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team 4:04
36 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickStep s.t.
37 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Esp) Movistar Team 4:06
38 Philip Gaimon (USA) Garmin-Sharp 4:16
39 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team 4:26
40 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-Shimano 4:33
41 Carlos Betancur (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 4:49
42 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale 4:59
43 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky s.t.
44 Christiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale 5:02
45 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEDGE 7:25
46 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team 8:26
47 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale s.t.
48 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 8:52
49 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 9:04
50 Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale 9:06
51 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 9:12
52 Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha Team 9:18
53 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano 9:54
54 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 10:22
55 Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale 10:48
56 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 10:50
57 Gang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida 11:16
58 Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ.fr 11:32
59 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto-Belisol Team 11:36
60 Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 12:37
61 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha Team 12:56
62 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 13:19
63 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Movistar Team 13:40
64 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida 14:21
65 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team 15:29
66 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 15:31
67 Julien Bérard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 15:31
68 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 16:00
69 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale 18:02
70 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Shimano 18:56
71 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 19:32
72 Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 19:38
73 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar 19:43
74 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 19:48
75 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida 20:03
76 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 20:20
77 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 20:33
78 Romain Guillemois (Fra) Team Europcar 20:44
79 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp 20:46
80 Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Lampre-Merida 21:06
81 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 21:08
82 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar s.t.
83 Jesus Alberto Hernandez Blazquez (Esp) Tinkoff-Saxo 21:22
84 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale 21:23
85 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky 21:25
86 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 23:24
87 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida 23:55
88 Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky 24:25
89 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 24:47
90 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr 25:00
91 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team 25:39
92 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 25:57
93 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Tinkoff-Saxo 27:22
94 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky 27:50
95 Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Esp) Movistar Team 28:27
96 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr 29:23
97 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 29:39
98 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory Racing 29:40
99 Nick Van Der Lijke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 30:28
100 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 30:41
101 Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 30:49
102 Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEDGE 31:35
103 Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) FDJ.fr 32:26
104 Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar 33:19
105 Dan Craven (Nam) Team Europcar 33:56
106 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 34:41
107 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 36:13
108 Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing 38:35
109 Maximiliano Richeze Ariel (Arg) Lampre-Merida 39:12
110 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 39:44
111 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr 41:24
112 Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team 42:09
113 Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ.fr 42:11
114 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale 43:36
115 Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team 43:40
116 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team 43:43
117 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 43:45
118 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Cannondale 45:42
119 Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE 46:13
120 Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 46:57
121 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team 47:43
122 Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 47:43
123 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp
124 Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Shimano both s.t.
125 Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Katusha Team 49:54
126 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Team 51:03
127 Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:09:03
128 Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha Team 1:10:55
129 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team 1:18:53
130 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1:21:21


 

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