Tour De France Stage 4 Nice To Nice Team Time Trial Review

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Updated: July 2, 2013

A thrilling team time trial for the first race of this year’s Tour De France on French land. Orica GreenEdge are pulling out surprises at each stage of this year’s Tour and none were bigger than today’s win for GreenEdge.

Not a lot separated the top three teams, Orica GreenEdge wining it just one second ahead of Omega Pharma-Quick Step and three seconds ahead of Team Sky. Leaders of the team classification after stage 3, Radioshack Leopard had a disappointing race finishing in 11th place, 29 seconds behind Orica GreenEdge. Astana and Confidis started the stage with eight riders, unlike everyone else who started with nine. Lotto-Belisol and Astana finished with 5 racers, FDJ.FR and Belkin finished with 6 riders.

The team time trial champions, Omega Pharma-Quick Step were the second to start the race because of their position before last in the Team Classification. They started strongly and already at the first checkpoint they looked as strong as ever. Tony Martin was the rider with the most doubt over his fitness after the crash in the first race, but after 9 minutes, Ted King was left behind by his eight other team-mates, they didn’t hesitate at all to leave him behind. At the 13 kilometre checkpoint, Omega were 58 seconds ahead of the only other team to have reached that point, Argos-Shimano. They completed the 25 kilometre course in 25 minutes 57 seconds, 1 minute 45 seconds quicker than the only other team to have finished the race at that stage, Argos-Shimano.

Lotto-Belisol were very aggressive and unkind towards their team-mates by leaving behind whoever couldn’t keep up, but couldn’t leave behind one more which effects the time. The time given to the team is given when the fifth rider of the team crosses the line. Lotto-Belisol finished the race with five of their cyclists. They finished 16 seconds behind Omega Pharma-Quick Step putting them in fifth place for the stage.

Garmin-Sharp looked to be the first team to put Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s time under pressure at the 13 kilometre mark, only being 4 seconds behind. Garmin slowed down and lost a lot of time on Omega, with Irishman Daniel Martin leading them across the line 16 seconds behind Omega.

Edvald Boasson Hagan led Sky to start the team time trial. Sky won the team time trial of the Giro D’Italia. Three Brits in the Sky Team started the stage injured, Ian Stannard, Peter Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas. Sky only trailed Omega and Garmin after 13 kilometres. They kept a consistent pace throughout , unlike Garmin, and finishing 2 seconds behind Omega.

Contador’s Saxo-Tinkoff started of well and got to the 13 kilometre stage 1 second behind Omega. One of the Tour’s favourites, Alberto Contador, would eventually want to put on the yellow jersey this year, but today a win for Saxo-Tinkoff would have meant that Irishman Nicolas Roche could have put on the yellow jersey, being the best placed cyclist in his team. Saxo-Tinkoff looked dominant throughout the whole until near the end when they failed to speed up and really contend for the win finishing 8 seconds behind Omega.

Orica GreenEdge didn’t start of better than Omega by being behind them by 3 seconds after 13 kilometres, within the last kilometres, GreenEdge put their backs into it and just about finished a second ahead of Omega, making Simon Gerrans the current Tour De France leader.

The two last teams to race were BMC and Radioshack. Both teams didn’t impress at all, both of them finishing way too far down in the classification. BMC finsished 26 seconds behind GreenEdge and Radioshack finishing 29 seconds behind.

Nice time trial

Stage Classification

01 Orica GreenEdge – 25:56

02 Omega Pharma-Quick Step – +:01

03 Sky ProCycling – +:03

04 Team Saxo-Tinkoff – +:09

05 Lotto-Belisol – +:17

06 Garmin-Sharp – +:17

07 Movistar Team – +:20

08 Lampre-Merida – +:25

09 BMC Racing Team – +:26

10 Katusha Team – +:28

11 Radioshack Leopard – +:29

12 Vaconsoleil-DCM – +:33

13 Cannondale – +:34

14 Belkin Pro Cycling – +:37

15 FDJ.FR – +:42

16 Astana Pro Team – +:56

17 AG2G La Mondiale – +01:04

18 Sojasun – +01:10

19 Team Europcar – +01:13

20 Confidis, Solutions Credits – +01:20

21 Euskaltel-Euskadi – +01:24

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Argos-Shimano – +01:47

General Classification

01 Simon GERRANS (Stage 3 Winner) (Aus) – Orica GreenEdge – 12h 47 ‘ 24”

02 Daryl IMPEY (RSA) – Orica GreenEdge – +00′ 00”

03 Michael ALBASINI (Swi) – Orica GreenEdge – +00′ 00”

04 Michal KWIATOWSKI (Pol) – Omega Pharma-Quick Step – +00′ 01”

05 Sylvain CHAVANEL (Fra) – Omega Pharma-Quick Step – +00′ 01”

06 Edvald BOASSON HAGEN (Nor) – Sky ProCycling – +00′ 03”

07 Christopher FROOME (GBr) – Sky ProCycling – +00′ 03”

08 Richie PORTE (Aus) – Sky ProCycling – +00′ 03”

09 Nicolas ROCHE (Irl) – Team Saxo-Tinkoff – +00′ 09”

10 Roman KREUZIGER (Cze) – Team Saxo-Tinkoff – +00′ 09”

13 David MILLAR (GBr) – Garmin-Sharp – +00′ 17”

19 Daniel MARTIN (Irl) – Garmin-Sharp – +00′ 17”

32 Jan BAKELANTS (Stage 2 Winner) (Bel) – Radioshack Leopard – +00′ 28”

96 Peter KENNAUGH (GBr) – Sky ProCycling – +09′ 18”

154 Ian STANNARD (GBr) – Sky ProCycling – +26′ 03”

159 Mark CAVENDISH (GBr) – Omega Pharma-Quick Step – +26′ 50”

176 Geraint THOMAS (GBr) – Sky ProCycling – +27′ 37”

187 Marcel KITTEL (Stage 1 Winner) (Ger) – Team Argos-Shimano – +28′ 36”

Points Classification

01 Peter SAGAN – Cannondale – 74 Pts

02 Marcel KITTEL – Team Argos-Shimano – 57 Pts

03 Alexander KRISTOFF – Katusha Team – 48 Pts

04 Michal KWIATOWSKI – Omega Pharma-Quick Step – 41 Pts

05 Lars BOOM – Belkin Pro Cycling – 40 Pts

06 Danny VAN POPPEL – Vaconsoleil-DCM – 39 Pts

07 Jose Joaquin ROJAS – Movistar Team – 36 Pts

08 Simon GERRANS – Orica GreenEdge – 32 Pts

09 Juan Antonio FLECHA GIAVONNI – Vaconsoleil-DCM – 32 Pts

10 Jan BAKELANTS – Radioshack Leopard – 30 Pts

12 David MILLAR – Garmin-Sharp – 30 Pts

15 Mark CAVENDISH – Omega Pharma-Quick Step – 25 Pts

50 Nicolas ROCHE – Team Saxo-Tinkoff – 4 Pts

Climbing Classification

01 Pierre ROLAND (Fra) – Team Europcar – 10 Pts

02 Simon CLARKE (Aus) – Orica GreenEdge – 5 Pts

03 Blel KADRI (Fra) – AG2G La Mondiale – 5 Pts

04 Mikel NIEVE ITURRALDE (Spa) – Euskaltel-Euskadi – 3 Pts

05 Cyril GAUTHIER (Fra) – Team Europcar – 2 Pts

06 Lars BOOM (Ned) – Belkin Pro Cycling – 2 Pts

07 Lars-Peter NORDHAUG (Nor) – Belkin Pro Cycling – 2 Pts

08 Brice FEILLU (Fra) – Sojasun – 2 Pts

09 Alexis VUILLERMOZ (Fra) – Sojasun – 2- Pts

10 Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE (Spa) – Euskaltel-Euskadi – 1 Pt

12 Christopher FROOME (GBr) – Sky Pro Cycling – 1 Pt

Under 25 Clasification

01 Michal KWIATOWSKI (Pol) – Omega Pharma-Quick Step – 12h 47′ 25”

02 Andrew TALANSKY (USA) – Garmin-Sharp – +00′ 16”

03 Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS (Spa) – Movistar Team – +00′ 19”

04 Tejay VAN GARDEREN (USA) – BMC Racing Team – + 00′ 25”

05 Peter SAGAN (Svk) – Cannondale – +00′ 33”

06 Thiabult PINOT (Fra) – FDJ.FR – +00′ 41”

07 Alexandre GENIEZ (Fra) – FDJ.FR – +00′ 41”

08 Elia FAVILLI (Ita) – Lampre-Merida – +00′ 47”

09 Romain BARDET (Fra) – AG2G La Mondiale – +01′ 03”

10 Alexis VUILLERMOZ (Fra) – Sojasun – +03′ 38”

15 Peter KENNAUGH (GBr) – Sky ProCycling – +09′ 17”

33 Marcel KITTEL (Stage 1 Winner) (Ger) – Team Argos-Shimano – +28′ 35”

 

“Tour De France Stage 4 Nice To Nice Team Time Trial Review” written by Seb True

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