Tuesday July 2nd, 2013

Stage 4Nice / Nice

Start 15h15 GMT 2+

A second successive win: Orica-GreenEdge's fortune

Stage summary02.07.2013Stage 4- Nice / Nice

One day after Simon Gerrans beat Peter Sagan to give his team its first stage victory in the Tour de France, the 33-year-old from Australia joined eight others - Michael Albasini, Simon Clarke, Matt Goss, Daryl Impey, Brett Lancaster, Cameron Meyer, Stuart O'Grady and Svein Tuft - to win a second successive stage. One of this team, Stuart O'Grady, was amongst the quintet of Australians to have worn the coveted 'maillot jaune' before but now there are six Aussies with those bragging rights.
Gerrans began the 25km team time trial ranked third overall, one second behind Jan Bakelants (RTL) but he ended it with same cumulative time as two team-mates - Impey and Albasini... a trio from one team who stood on the podium as winners of the fourth stage of the 100th Tour de France.

The progress report
The Tour de France was back on the mainland for the first time in the 100th edition of the race. The 25km fourth stage was a team time trial that started and finished in Nice. Teams raced away from the Avenue de Suede at four-minute intervals and the finish was on the famous Promenade des Anglais. Argos-Shimano was the first to begin the stage that effectively had a flat profile. The starting order was the reverse of the position of the teams' general classification that RadioShack-Leopard led after three stages. The first team started at 3.15pm, while Bakelants and his eight team-mates set off at 4.39pm. It was sunny in Nice and the temperature was around 26 degrees Celsius.
There were two teams with just eight riders: Cofidis and Astana. The times were taken on the fifth rider from each team to the line. Although Omega Pharma-Quickstep are world champions after the UCI's inaugural TTT in 2012, they didn't wear rainbow jersey to signal that status, not did the individual TT champion Tony Martin wear his rainbow jersey.

Omega Pharma-Quickstep set the early standard
Ted King is one of numerous riders who sustained injuries in crashes on day one. He was dropped by his Cannondale team-mates almost as soon as the riders rolled away from the start. By then Omega Pharma, that started two places ahead of Cannondale, was at the turnaround point with a time that would not be beaten. The Belgian team ride the first 13km at an average speed of 58.8km/h. And they continued at almost the same pace all the way to the finish. Their average speed for the 25km was 57.8km/h. It wasn't until the arrival of the18th team to start, Orica-GreenEdge that Omega's time would be beaten.

Orica-GreenEdge wins: yellow jersey for Gerrans
The winner of stage three moved up on GC to third overall with his win in Calvi. His team was third-best when it reached the turnaround point, 3” behind Omega Pharma-Quickstep, but the Australian-registered team beat the Belgian squad's time by one second at the finish. Five Australians have worn the yellow jersey at the Tour before – Phil Anderson, Stuart O'Grady, Brad McGee, Robbie McEwen and Cadel Evans – but this is the first time that an Australian team has won a TTT... and had a rider on the roster in the lead of the Tour's general classification.
There were three from the winning team in the top three places on GC after stage four.
Simon Gerrans will wear the yellow jersey for the first time in the Tour de France during stage five.

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