Race report

A Calmer Day At Paris – Nice

Paris - Nice

In comparison to recent days at Paris – Nice, stage 4 proved to be a less stressful affair, as the crosswinds finally calmed and allowed the peloton to return to a more familiar sense of racing.

With a large breakaway having escaped earlier in the day, the bunch was happy to allow them to gain an advantage, setting the escapees up to decide the day’s outcome amongst themselves in the final kilometres.

Wilco Kelderman was the highest placed rider on the day in 28th position, finishing within the main group and also remains best ranked at 16th upon the general classification too.

Team Sunweb Coach, Marc Reef commented at the end of the day: “It was a 200km long stage, with a hard start and a hard final. The goal was to stay with Wilco and protect him for as long as possible with the 4 other riders we still have left in the race. It did not take long for a breakaway of 13 riders to come to the front, with a lot of teams joining the chase, but after a hard pursuit still 4 of them managed to stay clear all the way to the finish. Wilco and Jan were in a large group of 35 guys who finished 48″ later.”

Attention now turns to tomorrow’s individual time trial, a 25.5km circular route from Barbentane and back, featuring a couple of rises along the way.