Race: Tour of Britain, Stage 4
Start/Finish: Worcester/Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Distance: 184.6 kilometers
Bristol, England — Wednesday’s Stage 4 of the Friends Life Tour of Britain was a 184.6-kilometer race beginning in Worcester. Attacks began immediately from the start and a nine-man break soon formed. The escapees quickly built a gap of nearly six minutes.
The battle to the line picked up as the peloton hit the slopes of the Category 2 climb two kilometers from the finish in Bristol. A front group reached and merged with the remaining escapees. Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) sprinted from this group to the win.
“The final climb was harder than I expected,” Team Novo Nordisk’s Martijn Verschoor said. “David, Andrea and I were in the front group going into the final climb. I was maybe in 10th position, but then the pace ramped up and I was unable to match it.”
Results: Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) took the win and moved into the overall race lead. Albert Timmer (Team Giant-Shimano) was runner-up with Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) rounding out the podium.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing at the Friends Life Tour of Britain on Thursday with a 177.3-km stage beginning in Exmouth. The stage features three categorized climbs and three intermediate sprints before a category 2 climb three kilometers from the finish in Exeter.
(Photo: ©Larry Wickmott)