Race report

Another top 10 in the bag for Chris Hamilton

Tour Down Under

Stage four at Tour Down Under took riders along a 129.2 kilometre route between Unley and Campbelltown, with the infamous Corkscrew climb positioned just 5.7 kilometres before a fast descent to the line. Early in the race a six man group went clear, with the remaining three caught shortly after hitting the Corkscrew road.

 

Whilst the action was brewing at the front, Team Sunweb hit trouble in the peloton with GC-leader Chris Hamilton requiring a bike change just before the final climb.

Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts explained: “Chris had a bike change just before the final which cost him a bit of energy. He just got back to the peloton as they started the climb through the gorge and of course there’s a fast descent down to the final climb of the Corkscrew. The guys did a great job to bring him back into the peloton in a good position for the climb.”

Still with good legs, Chris attempted to bridge across to a four-man move that tried to go clear on the climb, but it all came back together and a group of 20 riders sprinted for the win.

Luke continued: “Chris was 5th across the climb and alone on the descent, but eventually everything came back together for a sprint. He had good legs so he stayed in that group and we also had Jai up there with him. It was a little bit of a stressful finish, but the guys handled it really well.”

After finishing in 9th place, Chris moves up to 4th in the GC and takes over the young riders jersey from team mate Michael Storer. Jai Hindley also finished the stage in a good position, rolling across the line 13th.