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100th Tour de France - Stage 4 - Report & Photos
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 7/2/2013
100th Tour de France - Stage 4 - Report & Photos
 
2013 Daily Peloton


Nice, 2 July 2013 - Stage 4 : Nice-Nice, Team Time Trial, 25km : Simon Gerrans moves into yellow after Orica GreenEdge storm to TTT win.


Stage Result - Top 3

1 Orica Greenedge 0:25:56
2 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:01
3 Sky Procycling 0:00:03

Simon Gerrans went one better than his stage win in Corsica on Monday, donning the maillot jaune, after his Orica Greenedge team stormed to a victory in the Team Time Trial. The margin over second place Omega Pharma- Quickstep was a scant one second but it was enough for a rejigging of the General Classification which had seen over 60 riders within one second of overnight leader Jan Bakelandts. Bakelandts' Radioshack Leopard drove themselves into the ground but could only manage 11th spot, 29 seconds adrift.

Orica GreenEdge Jubilant on the podium © Orica-GreenEdge

Gerrans becomes the sixth Australian adding his name to an impressive list that includes Phil Anderson, Bradley McGee, O’Grady, Robbie McEwen and Cadel Evans. "It was a team effort yesterday, but I was the one to stand on the podium and receive the reward,” said Gerrans. "It was that much more special to stand on the stage today with the entire team. All nine of us were on the podium together to celebrate our win. The yellow jersey is an added bonus."

"The creation of this team was a major milestone,” Sport Director Matt White added. “We poured a lot of work into the team over the last 10-15 years. To unite so many Australians on a team with Australian DNA was the first step. Our success last year was a boxed ticked. Winning in Corsica yesterday was another big moment. To win today and put an Australian in yellow is a real dream come true.”

Omega Pharma-Quick-Step set the early benchmark of 25’57 over the 25km pan-flat parcours. Third at the intermediate check point, ORICA-GreenEDGE edged out the Belgian squad by less than a second at the finish. “I thought we’d be around the mark, but the boys had an incredible ride,” said White.

“We really didn’t do much specific preparation for this stage. We did one day on the TTT bikes in Corsica, but that was it. We had moved away from having a team just for the team time trial because we didn’t think our best team could beat Sky or Garmin on this particular course. We brought a more diverse Tour team instead. They were very relaxed today, and they nailed it from the start. We were all very happily surprised with the win.

”Time trial specialists Cameron Meyer and Svein Tuft led the Australian outfit down the start ramp. The Tour de France debutants each took long, steady pulls to get the team up to speed. Stopping the clock at 25’56, ORICA-GreenEDGE averaged 57.8kph to record the fastest time ever for a Tour team time trial.

"The boys did a technically good ride today,” said White.

“Everyone was on the mark. I’m especially proud of Svein and Stuey [Stuart O’Grady] who both took big, long turns on the front. We would have been happy with a top five today. It was really incredible to cross the line and hear we posted the fastest time."

"We certainly weren’t the favourites, but we had a very strong team,” Gerrans added. “There were no weak links today. Everyone was given a specific role to play within the TTT. The stronger riders pulled harder and longer. The less strong guys kept the speed up on their teams. Everyone committed 100% and it paid off with the win."

With the win came the yellow jersey. Although tied on time with Impey and Albasini, Gerrans was the first of his teammates across the finish line, snagging himself the coveted maillot jaune.

"To take the yellow jersey is the pinnacle of cycling,” said Gerrans. “The Tour de France is the race around the world that everyone knows, and the yellow jersey is the symbol of that race. Winning stages and wearing yellow changes a career. To pull on this jersey is something a rider might dream about for his whole life. Only a few guys get that opportunity. I’m thrilled to have that honour."

"We want to keep the yellow jersey as long as possible,” White confirmed. “We have a one second advantage. Simon only has to stay in contact with the bunch during the next two stages."

The team has a duel focus tomorrow. Gerrans will be one of two protected riders on stage five. "Tomorrow we go back to targeting a result for Gossy [Matt Goss],” White added. “We’ll look after Simon at the same time. Other teams will want to keep the race together for a bunch sprint, so we’ll have help there. Ideally, we can take the yellow jersey all the way to the Pyrenees but we’re taking it one day at a time."


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Full Stage Results

1 Orica Greenedge 0:25:56
2 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:01
3 Sky Procycling 0:00:03
4 Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:09
5 Lotto-Belisol 0:00:17
6 Garmin - Sharp  
7 Movistar Team 0:00:20
8 Lampre - Merida 0:00:25
9 BMC Racing Team 0:00:26
10 Katusha Team 0:00:28
11 Radioshack Leopard 0:00:29
12 Vacansoleil-Dcm 0:00:33
13 Cannondale 0:00:34
14 Belkin Pro Cycling 0:00:37
15 Fdj.Fr 0:00:42
16 Astana Pro Team 0:00:56
17 Ag2R La Mondiale 0:01:04
18 Sojasun 0:01:10
19 Team Europcar 0:01:13
20 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:20
21 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:01:24
22 Team Argos-Shimano 0:01:47

OVERALL STANDINGS - Top 60

1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 12:47:24  
2 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge    
3 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge    
4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:01  
5 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:00:03  
7 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling    
8 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling    
9 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:09  
10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
11 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
12 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
13 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:17  
14 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
15 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol    
16 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp    
17 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
18 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
19 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp    
20 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
21 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:20  
22 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team    
23 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team    
24 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team    
25 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:25  
26 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida    
27 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida    
28 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:26  
29 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
30 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team    
31 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team    
32 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:28  
33 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha    
34 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha    
35 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha    
36 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:29  
37 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard    
38 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard    
39 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard    
40 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:33  
41 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
42 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
43 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:34  
44 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:37  
45 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
46 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
47 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team    
48 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:42  
49 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr    
50 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr    
51 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:48  
52 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:56  
53 Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team    
54 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team    
55 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:04  
56 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
57 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
58 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
59 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun 0:01:10  
60 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun    
61 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun    
62 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 0:01:13  
63 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
64 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:15  
65 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:16  
66 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:20  
67 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
68 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:24  
69 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
70 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
71 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
72 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:44  
73 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:57  
74 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun 0:03:39  
75 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 0:03:42  
76 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:04:32  
77 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:04:36  
78 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:44  
79 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:05:00  
80 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:05:01  
81 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:05:04  
82 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun 0:05:24  
83 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha 0:05:30  
84 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 0:05:31  
85 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:05:51  
86 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun 0:06:01  
87 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:06:04  
88 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:06:12  
89 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun 0:06:48  
90 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun    
91 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 0:07:47  
92 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 0:08:06  
93 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:08:35  
94 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:08:52  
95 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:09:03  
96 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:09:18  
97 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:09:40  
98 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha 0:09:46  
99 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:09:49  
100 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:09:57  
101 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 0:10:29  
102 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha 0:11:24  
103 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:13:00  
104 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 0:13:03  
105 Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 0:13:29  
106 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:13:36  
107 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:13:41  
108 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:13:50  
109 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:14:03  
110 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling 0:14:07  
111 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:14:13  
112 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:14:15  
113 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:14:30  
114 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 0:14:33  
115 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:14:46  
116 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:14:47  
117 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 0:15:20  
118 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha 0:15:21  
119 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:16:09  
120 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:17:35  
121 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
122 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:17:36  
123 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol 0:18:02  
124 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:18:04  
125 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:18:25  
126 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:18:49  
127 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:18:54  
128 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:19:06  
129 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:19:13  
130 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 0:19:21  
131 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 0:19:44  
132 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:20:32  
133 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling 0:21:17  
134 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team 0:21:29  
135 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:21:51  
136 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:21:56  
137 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 0:22:22  
138 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:22:29  
139 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
140 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:22:32  
141 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:22:33  
142 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:22:54  
143 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 0:22:56  
144 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:23:13  
145 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling 0:23:50  
146 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:23:53  
147 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 0:24:15  
148 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:24:22  
149 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:24:48  
150 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
151 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:26:00  
152 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge    
153 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:26:01  
154 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:26:03  
155 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:26:20  
156 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:26:33  
157 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:26:34  
158 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:26:50  
159 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
160 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
161 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:27:02  
162 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:27:04  
163 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:27:06  
164 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
165 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 0:27:13  
166 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:27:14  
167 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:27:15  
168 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:27:19  
169 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr    
170 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp 0:27:20  
171 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:27:22  
172 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:27:24  
173 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 0:27:30  
174 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:27:31  
175 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:27:35  
176 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:27:37  
177 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 0:27:44  
178 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
179 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:27:47  
180 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
181 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp 0:27:49  
182 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:27:57  
183 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol 0:28:00  
184 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:28:05  
185 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha 0:28:08  
186 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:28:14  
187 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 0:28:36  
188 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
189 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
190 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 0:28:45  
191 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:28:58  
192 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:29:13  
193 Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:30:31  
194 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:35:00  
195 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:36:05  
TBD Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling    



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