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4th Tour of Britain - Stage 4
 
By Nick Bull
Date: 9/13/2007
4th Tour of Britain - Stage 4
 

4th Tour of Britain -  Stage 4
A new race leader after a most unusual stage to Bradford!


September 9 - 15 2007

Describing stage four of this year’s Tour of Britain as ‘another difficult day for the organisers of the race’ would be the best way of describing the events of today, set over 163.3km from Rotherham to Bradford. As the race crossed through the Yorkshire dales, the twenty-four of route within the northern part of this area were neutralised on the grounds of rider safety.

A breakaway group were leading the peloton by 29 seconds at this point, and were allowed to regain that gap again after the race restarted. With less racing in their legs, the leaders stayed clear; resulting in Fuerteventura’s Adrian Palomares taking both the stage win and race lead, with just two days of racing, hopefully – left.

The day started well for the then race leader, Nikolai Trusov, who gained maximum points and a four second time advantage – at the first sprint at Wickersley, after a mere 8.8km.


Adrian Palomares  Photo © Dave O'Nyons Sports Pictorial

The race then began to break up, with several riders - most notably Roger Hammond, continuously attacking. As the race reached the first climb of the day, the third category Limestone Hill, a lead group was starting to emerge. Paul Manning (Great Britain) took maximum points here, followed closely by Hammond, Johnnie Walker (South Australia AIS) and King of the Mountains leader Ben Swift. Twenty nine riders soon led the race, most importantly of all was CSC’s Luke Roberts, who was in second place overall at the start of the day.

With the gap hovering around the forty second mark, the peloton were keeping the leaders in check, and the cohesion upfront was outlined when, after the first hour of racing, the race had covered 31 miles. The second sprint came at Moorends, which was taken by Trusov’s Tinkoff team-mate Alexander Serov. The prowling Roberts was in fourth place. Just minutes after this, the controversy began.

In the midst of the race approaching the outskirts of Doncaster, the race was neutralised, with all riders stopping briefly, before beginning the controlled section of the race, which lasted for around fifty minutes. The Tour’s press department issued a hurried statement; the key points of it are as follows:

‘The race directors and commissaries of the Tour of Britain took the decision to neutralise the race for approximately 20 miles (covering miles forty to sixty four), as it was felt that the best interest of the riders and spectators would be served by taking this action. This step was taken as it was brought to our attention that a specific road closure order affecting an element of this section had not been processed to the satisfaction of all parties concerned.’

A full communiqué from the Yorkshire Police force, as well as the race organisers, is expected this evening; the first release was published quickly, although the problems that prompted the directors to abandon the racing for a sizeable part of the course was not covered using specific details. Word from out on the course suggested that the Police were more than satisfied with their proposed escort, so a difference in opinion could well be the reasoning here.

The racing began at Otley Spa, in West Yorkshire, shortly before 2pm. The peloton were held back while our leaders gained their twenty nine second gap again, with just forty four kilometres remaining. The gap soon increased to 1 minute and fifteen seconds, as the peloton’s initial pace slowed down dramatically.

With just twenty five kilometres left, the leaders were climbing the Cow and Calf climb, a nasty first category hill which was, before the complications, expected to be the springboard for stage success. The only damage it caused was at the back of the leading group, shedding off a handful of riders.


Vincente Bernabeu of Fuerteventura-Canarias.
Photo © Dave O'Nyons Sports Pictorial

It was on the descent of the climb, and into the finish in Bradford, where the stage-deciding break went clear. Palomares found himself in a group containing Tom Stubbe (Chocolade Jacques) and David Blanco Rodriguez (Duja Tavira). Behind them, the response was minimal; the riders in no man’s land here knew they had missed the decisive split.

As the sprint began, it was clear Palomares was the strongest, and won by a clear metre. Stubbe was in second, closely followed by Rodriguez, who made it a Spanish first-and-third podium.

Fifteen riders followed having lost twelve seconds, with Aritubel’s Roman Feillu leading them home. Another Agritubel rider, Emilien Berges was the last breakaway rider in; Mark Cavendish was tested to the line by King of the Mountains leader Ben Swift as he came in to win the bunch sprint, giving him twentieth fourth place, 57 seconds behind Palomares.

In the general classification, Nikolai Trusov slips from first to fourteenth, while the new race leader gained four more seconds in bonuses than Rodriguez, which puts him into yellow. CSC's Luke Roberts, whilst still eight seconds behind, slips down one place.

The twelve points gained by Feillu take him into the lead of the points classification, while Zak Dempster (South Australia/AIS) retains the sprints jersey, though Piet Rooijakkers (Skil Shimano) has closed the gap to four points. Paul Manning took King of the Mountain points early on, his reward is closing the gap to Ben Swift by three to ten.

For a day that had started with a tribute to Jane Tomlinson, a long-time cancer sufferer who raised thousands for charity despite her illness, the Tour of Britain descended into a mini-farce again, just a year after concerns were raised following rider safety issues in Sheffield and Rochester.

Team CSC's Comments:
Luke Roberts dropped back a spot in the general classification from a second to a third place after the 163 kilometer fourth stage of Tour of Britain from Rother Valley Country Park to Bradford. Roberts was up front until the final climb, but then three riders escaped and Fuerteventura's Adrian Palomares won the stage and took over the leader's jersey.

"Luke didn't have the strength to tag along, when they made their move, but we didn't realize that Palomares was that far ahead. We were hearing something else on the Tour radio, but that's no excuse though, because Luke wasn't strong enough anyway. He'd used up all his strength defending his position due to attacks from his competition in the general classification," said sports director Scott Sunderland after the stage.

Sunderland also praised Lars Bak for his efforts in the stage: "Lars was a great help to Luke out there today. He was really strong so that's very positive. But I don't think we can do much more over here, because tomorrow's stage finishes with a seven percent climb and I'm afraid we don't have anyone, who fits the description for this finish. But of course we'll try our best anyway" finished Sunderland. Roberts is only eight seconds behind the overall leader.


Vincente Bernabeu launches from the start ramp. Photo © Dave O'Nyons Sports Pictorial

Tour of Britain Stage 4 Results
13/9 Rotherham to Bradford
163.3 km - 2:43:31

1 72 ESP Palomares,Adrian FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 2h43'41"
2 102 BEL Stubbe,Tom JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 2h43'41"
3 114 ESP Blanco Rodriguez,David DUJ Duja Tavira 2h43'41"

4 123 FRA Feillu,Romain AGR Agritubel 2h43'53" @12"
5 15 RUS Serov,Alexander TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 2h43'53" @ s/t
6 76 ESP Munoz Banon,David FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 2h43'53" @ s/t
7 23 GBR Bellis,John GBR Great Britain 2h43'53" @ s/t
8 111 ARG Garrido,Martin DUJ Duja Tavira 2h43'53" @ s/t
9 152 AUS Clarke,Simon AIS South Australia.com-AIS 2h43'53" @ s/t
10 132 NED Rooijakkers,Piet SKS Skil-Shimano 2h43'53" @ s/t
11 6 AUS Roberts,Luke CSC CSC 2h43'53" @ s/t
12 151 AUS Bates,Gene AIS South Australia.com-AIS 2h43'53" @ s/t
13 136 NED Tjallingii,Maarten SKS Skil-Shimano 2h43'53" @ s/t
14 35 ITA Caccia,Diego BAR Barloworld 2h43'53" @ s/t
15 42 NED Berkhout,Thomas RB3 Rabobank 2h43'53" @ s/t
16 165 CZE Rabon,Frantisek TMO T- Mobile 2h43'53" @ s/t
17 73 ESP Lloret,Manuel FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 2h43'53" @ s/t
18 71 ESP Bernabeu,Vicente FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 2h43'53" @ s/t
19 43 NED Keizer,Martijn RB3 Rabobank 2h43'53" @ s/t
20 166 GBR Stannard,Ian TMO T- Mobile 2h43'57" @16"
21 141 GBR House,Kristan NAV Navigators Insurance 2h43'59" @18"
22 5 DEN Bak,Lars Ytting CSC CSC 2h44'03" @22"
23 124 FRA Berges,Emilien AGR Agritubel 2h44'10" @29"

24 161 GBR Cavendish,Mark TMO T- Mobile 2h44'38" @57"
25 36 GBR Swift,Ben BAR Barloworld 2h44'38" @ s/t
26 163 GBR Hammond,Roger TMO T- Mobile 2h44'38" @ s/t
27 105 BEL Verbist,Evert JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 2h44'38" @ s/t
28 116 POR Caldeira,Samuel DUJ Duja Tavira 2h44'38" @ s/t
29 131 NED Goesinnen,Floris SKS Skil-Shimano 2h44'38" @ s/t
30 16 RUS Trusov,Nikolai TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 2h44'38" @ s/t
31 1 DEN Pedersen,Martin CSC CSC 2h44'38" @ s/t
32 126 FRA Vogondy,Nicolas AGR Agritubel 2h44'38" @ s/t
33 134 FRA Deroo,David SKS Skil-Shimano 2h44'38" @ s/t
34 2 DEN Lund,Anders CSC CSC 2h44'38" @ s/t
35 143 BEL De Backer,Bert NAV Navigators Insurance 2h44'38" @ s/t
36 46 NED Veelers,Tom RB3 Rabobank 2h44'38" @ s/t
37 86 AUS Sulzberger,Bernard DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 2h44'38" @ s/t
38 64 KEN Froome,Christopher KON Team Konica Minolta 2h44'38" @ s/t
39 153 AUS Walker,Johnnie AIS South Australia.com-AIS 2h44'38" @ s/t
40 82 GBR Lloyd,Daniel DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 2h44'38" @ s/t
41 3 AUS Goss,Mathew CSC CSC 2h44'38" @ s/t
42 24 GBR Hampton,Russell GBR Great Britain 2h44'38" @ s/t
43 55 GBR Bonser,Ryan RCY Recycling.co.uk 2h44'38" @ s/t
44 84 GBR Oliphant,Evan DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 2h44'38" @ s/t
45 85 GBR Fleeman,Daniel DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 2h44'38" @ s/t
46 54 GBR Diggle,Tom RCY Recycling.co.uk 2h44'38" @ s/t
47 122 FRA Coutouly,Cedric AGR Agritubel 2h44'38" @ s/t
48 104 BEL Pauwels,Serge JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 2h44'38" @ s/t
49 133 NED Vierhouten,Aart SKS Skil-Shimano 2h44'38" @ s/t
50 96 GBR Richardson,Simon PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 2h44'38" @ s/t
51 45 NED Vermeltfoort,Coen RB3 Rabobank 2h44'38" @ s/t
52 112 POR Victorino,Nelson DUJ Duja Tavira 2h44'38" @ s/t
53 142 USA Cooke,Matt NAV Navigators Insurance 2h44'38" @ s/t
54 34 GBR Thomas,Geraint BAR Barloworld 2h44'38" @ s/t
55 21 GBR Manning,Paul GBR Great Britain 2h44'38" @ s/t
56 164 NED Knaven,Servais TMO T- Mobile 2h44'38" @ s/t
57 4 ARG Haedo,Juan Jose CSC CSC 2h44'51" @01'10"

58 155 AUS Sulzberger,Wesley AIS South Australia.com-AIS 2h47'04" @03'23"
59 93 GBR Gaywood,Simon PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 2h47'13" @03'32"
60 53 GBR Holt,Simon RCY Recycling.co.uk 2h47'28" @03'47"
61 44 NED Van Poppel,Boy RB3 Rabobank 2h47'31" @03'50"
62 25 GBR Tennant,Andrew GBR Great Britain 2h47'31" @ s/t
63 52 GBR Partridge,Rob RCY Recycling.co.uk 2h47'31" @ s/t
64 66 RSA Van Niekerk,Dennis KON Team Konica Minolta 2h47'31" @ s/t
65 61 RSA Van Heerden,Christoff KON Team Konica Minolta 2h47'31" @ s/t
66 144 USA Rodriguez,David NAV Navigators Insurance 2h47'31" @ s/t
67 113 POR Mestre,Ricardo DUJ Duja Tavira 2h47'31" @ s/t
68 125 FRA Bichot,Freddy AGR Agritubel 2h47'42" @04'01"
69 75 ESP Artetxte,Mikel FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 2h48'01" @04'20"
70 74 CRC Bonilla,José Adrian FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 2h48'01" @ s/t
71 26 GBR Dowsett,Alex GBR Great Britain 2h50'11" @06'30"
72 106 BEL Hovelijnck,Kurt JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 2h50'11" @ s/t
73 22 GBR Clancy,Edward GBR Great Britain 2h50'11" @ s/t
74 95 GBR Millard,James PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 2h54'13" @10'32"
75 94 GBR McCallum,James PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 2h55'26" @11'45"
76 91 GBR Gibb,Tony PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 2h55'26" @ s/t
77 32 ITA Degano,Enrico BAR Barloworld 2h55'26" @ s/t
78 115 NED Sneeboer,Paul DUJ Duja Tavira 2h55'26" @ s/t
79 156 AUS Dempster,Zakkari AIS South Australia.com-AIS 2h55'26" @ s/t
80 41 NED Maaskant,Martijn RB3 Rabobank 2h55'26" @ s/t
81 103 BEL De Ketele,Kenny JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 2h55'26" @ s/t
82 135 NED Van Hummel,Kenny SKS Skil-Shimano 2h55'26" @ s/t
83 145 BEL Vanmuysen,Roel NAV Navigators Insurance 2h55'26" @ s/t
84 63 RSA Green,Rodney KON Team Konica Minolta 2h56'30" @12'49"
85 62 RSA Thompson,Jay KON Team Konica Minolta 2h56'30" @ s/t
86 65 RSA Allen,Travis KON Team Konica Minolta 2h56'30" @ s/t
87 81 GBR Haynes,Hamish DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 2h56'30" @ s/t
88 83 BEL Mattan,Nico DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 2h56'30" @ s/t
89 12 ITA Contrini,Daniele TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 2h56'30" @ s/t
90 11 ITA Commesso,Salvatore TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 2h56'30" @ s/t
91 13 ITA Aggiano,Elia TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 2h56'30" @ s/t
92 14 ITA Riccio,Bernardo TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 2h56'37" @12'56"

General Classification After Stage 4
1 72 ESP Palomares,Adrian FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 13h47'30"
2 114 ESP Blanco Rodriguez,David DUJ Duja Tavira 13h47'31" @01"
3 6 AUS Roberts,Luke CSC CSC 13h47'38" @08"
4 132 NED Rooijakkers,Piet SKS Skil-Shimano 13h47'39" @09"
5 123 FRA Feillu,Romain AGR Agritubel 13h47'41" @11"
6 111 ARG Garrido,Martin DUJ Duja Tavira 13h47'44" @14"
7 152 AUS Clarke,Simon AIS South Australia.com-AIS 13h47'47" @17"
8 136 NED Tjallingii,Maarten SKS Skil-Shimano 13h47'47" = s/t
9 151 AUS Bates,Gene AIS South Australia.com-AIS 13h47'48" @18"
10 73 ESP Lloret,Manuel FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 13h47'50" @20"
11 76 ESP Munoz Banon,David FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 13h47'51" @21"
12 71 ESP Bernabeu,Vicente FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 13h47'52" @22"
13 43 NED Keizer,Martijn RB3 Rabobank 13h48'12" @42"
14 16 RUS Trusov,Nikolai TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 13h48'12" = s/t

15 82 GBR Lloyd,Daniel DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 13h48'33" @01'03"
16 84 GBR Oliphant,Evan DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 13h48'38" @01'08"
17 104 BEL Pauwels,Serge JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 13h48'38" = s/t
18 1 DEN Pedersen,Martin CSC CSC 13h48'40" @01'10"
19 105 BEL Verbist,Evert JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 13h48'40" = s/t
20 64 KEN Froome,Christopher KON Team Konica Minolta 13h48'41" @01'11"
21 131 NED Goesinnen,Floris SKS Skil-Shimano 13h48'41" = s/t
22 86 AUS Sulzberger,Bernard DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 13h48'46" @01'16"
23 142 USA Cooke,Matt NAV Navigators Insurance 13h48'49" @01'19"
24 126 FRA Vogondy,Nicolas AGR Agritubel 13h48'57" @01'27"
25 24 GBR Hampton,Russell GBR Great Britain 13h49'01" @01'31"
26 85 GBR Fleeman,Daniel DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 13h49'10" @01'40"
27 102 BEL Stubbe,Tom JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 13h49'43" @02'13"
28 35 ITA Caccia,Diego BAR Barloworld 13h49'59" @02'29"
29 112 POR Victorino,Nelson DUJ Duja Tavira 13h51'08" @03'38"

30 74 CRC Bonilla,José Adrian FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 13h52'01" @04'31"
31 75 ESP Artetxte,Mikel FTV Fuerteventura-Canarias 13h52'05" @04'35"
32 3 AUS Goss,Mathew CSC CSC 13h53'21" @05'51"
33 163 GBR Hammond,Roger TMO T- Mobile 13h53'30" @06'00"
34 21 GBR Manning,Paul GBR Great Britain 13h53'37" @06'07"
35 36 GBR Swift,Ben BAR Barloworld 13h55'24" @07'54"
36 125 FRA Bichot,Freddy AGR Agritubel 13h56'37" @09'07"
37 15 RUS Serov,Alexander TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 13h58'38" @11'08"
38 165 CZE Rabon,Frantisek TMO T- Mobile 13h58'43" @11'13"
39 23 GBR Bellis,John GBR Great Britain 13h58'48" @11'18"
40 42 NED Berkhout,Thomas RB3 Rabobank 13h58'48" = s/t
41 124 FRA Berges,Emilien AGR Agritubel 13h59'01" @11'31"
42 161 GBR Cavendish,Mark TMO T- Mobile 13h59'09" @11'39"
43 5 DEN Bak,Lars Ytting CSC CSC 13h59'22" @11'52"
44 141 GBR House,Kristan NAV Navigators Insurance 13h59'23" @11'53"
45 46 NED Veelers,Tom RB3 Rabobank 13h59'30" @12'00"
46 133 NED Vierhouten,Aart SKS Skil-Shimano 13h59'33" @12'03"
47 116 POR Caldeira,Samuel DUJ Duja Tavira 13h59'33" = s/t
48 153 AUS Walker,Johnnie AIS South Australia.com-AIS 13h59'34" @12'04"
49 134 FRA Deroo,David SKS Skil-Shimano 13h59'37" @12'07"
50 2 DEN Lund,Anders CSC CSC 13h59'41" @12'11"
51 4 ARG Haedo,Juan Jose CSC CSC 13h59'44" @12'14"
52 96 GBR Richardson,Simon PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 14h00'03" @12'33"
53 122 FRA Coutouly,Cedric AGR Agritubel 14h00'06" @12'36"
54 55 GBR Bonser,Ryan RCY Recycling.co.uk 14h00'12" @12'42"

55 155 AUS Sulzberger,Wesley AIS South Australia.com-AIS 14h01'59" @14'29"
56 44 NED Van Poppel,Boy RB3 Rabobank 14h02'29" @14'59"
57 25 GBR Tennant,Andrew GBR Great Britain 14h02'39" @15'09"
58 144 USA Rodriguez,David NAV Navigators Insurance 14h03'03" @15'33"
59 41 NED Maaskant,Martijn RB3 Rabobank 14h04'24" @16'54"
60 113 POR Mestre,Ricardo DUJ Duja Tavira 14h04'59" @17'29"
61 34 GBR Thomas,Geraint BAR Barloworld 14h09'04" @21'34"
62 45 NED Vermeltfoort,Coen RB3 Rabobank 14h09'07" @21'37"
63 52 GBR Partridge,Rob RCY Recycling.co.uk 14h09'18" @21'48"
64 143 BEL De Backer,Bert NAV Navigators Insurance 14h09'23" @21'53"
65 166 GBR Stannard,Ian TMO T- Mobile 14h09'31" @22'01"
66 164 NED Knaven,Servais TMO T- Mobile 14h09'32" @22'02"
67 54 GBR Diggle,Tom RCY Recycling.co.uk 14h10'16" @22'46"
68 115 NED Sneeboer,Paul DUJ Duja Tavira 14h10'23" @22'53"
69 103 BEL De Ketele,Kenny JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 14h10'25" @22'55"
70 61 RSA Van Heerden,Christoff KON Team Konica Minolta 14h12'01" @24'31"
71 93 GBR Gaywood,Simon PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 14h12'13" @24'43"
72 53 GBR Holt,Simon RCY Recycling.co.uk 14h13'10" @25'40"
73 66 RSA Van Niekerk,Dennis KON Team Konica Minolta 14h13'20" @25'50"
74 11 ITA Commesso,Salvatore TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 14h13'23" @25'53"
75 156 AUS Dempster,Zakkari AIS South Australia.com-AIS 14h13'43" @26'13"
76 12 ITA Contrini,Daniele TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 14h15'08" @27'38"
77 22 GBR Clancy,Edward GBR Great Britain 14h16'04" @28'34"
78 26 GBR Dowsett,Alex GBR Great Britain 14h16'44" @29'14"
79 106 BEL Hovelijnck,Kurt JAC Chocolade Jacques-Topsport 14h19'02" @31'32"
80 91 GBR Gibb,Tony PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 14h20'21" @32'51"
81 135 NED Van Hummel,Kenny SKS Skil-Shimano 14h20'34" @33'04"
82 145 BEL Vanmuysen,Roel NAV Navigators Insurance 14h20'39" @33'09"
83 95 GBR Millard,James PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 14h20'57" @33'27"
84 81 GBR Haynes,Hamish DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 14h21'08" @33'38"
85 32 ITA Degano,Enrico BAR Barloworld 14h21'19" @33'49"
86 83 BEL Mattan,Nico DFL DFL-Cycling News-Litespeed 14h21'26" @33'56"
87 65 RSA Allen,Travis KON Team Konica Minolta 14h21'35" @34'05"
88 63 RSA Green,Rodney KON Team Konica Minolta 14h21'36" @34'06"
89 94 GBR McCallum,James PCA Plowman Craven-Evans Cycles 14h22'55" @35'25"
90 62 RSA Thompson,Jay KON Team Konica Minolta 14h23'22" @35'52"
91 14 ITA Riccio,Bernardo TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 14h23'59" @36'29"
92 13 ITA Aggiano,Elia TCS Tinkoff Credit Systems 14h24'24" @36'54"

Points Classification
1 123 Feillu,R AGR 32
2 152 Clarke,S AIS 26
3 16 Trusov,N TCS 25
4 163 Hammond,R TMO 25

Sprints Classification
1 156 Dempster,Z AIS 20
2 132 Rooijakkers,P SKS 16
3 61 Van Heerden,C KON 10
4 16 Trusov,N TCS 7

Eon King of the Mountains Classification
1 36 Swift,B BAR 32
2 21 Manning,P GBR 22
3 72 Palomares,A FTV 20
4 114 Blanco Rodriguez,D DUJ 18
 

 
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