In a race slowly becoming his stomping ground, Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) sprinted his way through the Campbelltown finishing straight to take stage four of the Santos Tour Down Under. The victory, his third over Peter Sagan, secures Ewan as the firm favourite to take out the sprinters jersey for the 2017 edition of the 19 year old race.
The attacks on the 149KM stage from Norwood to Campbelltown came early, yet only stuck when Cameron Meyer (UniSA), Jack Bauer (Quick-Step Floors) and Ondrej Cink (Bahrain Merida) formed a trio able to hold off the bunch for most of the stage. Bauer, the final survivor, was caught with less than 5KM to the finish. Meyer and Bauer were, deservedly, awarded equal most aggressive riders for the stage.
Richie Porte (BMC) retained his leaders jersey for another day as he prepares to defend his 20 second lead over Gorke Izaguirre (Movistar) on Willunga Hill tomorrow. If Porte was to win tomorrow, it would be a fourth consecutive atop the iconic climb.
Stage five, McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill, showcases the southern region of South Australia and has proven to be decisive in the past. The race continues tomorrow.
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