Viviani regains Tour of Britain lead

06 Sep 2017

Viviani regains Tour of Britain lead

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Elia Viviani sprinted back into the overall race lead at the Tour of Britain after taking the runner up spot on stage four.

The Italian comfortably navigated a tricky run into Newark-on-Trent but was just edged out at the line by Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors).
 
Second place and six bonus seconds were enough to put Viviani level on time with Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott), but better stage placings were enough to elevate the Team Sky rider back into the lead.
 
Viviani benefitted from a strong lead-out from Michal Kwiatkowski and Owain Doull, and his consistent sprinting moved him back into both the leader’s and the points jersey.
 
“For sure it’s good to have the leader’s jersey back on the shoulders,” Viviani told TeamSky.com. “I’m disappointed because it was a really, really close sprint – but with one of the best sprinters in the world – so it can be a good second place.
 
“The good point is that for around a month I’ve never been outside the top three when I’ve contested the sprint. That’s good for the morale and good for the team because they’ve worked really hard here with only six guys to control the race every day. They’ve done a great job.
 
“The goal is more stage wins and 10 wins in a season is the goal I’ve set myself for the last couple of years. I’m really close now and we have three more chances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I hope one of these three will be a good one!
 
“It’s difficult to try to defend the lead tomorrow in the time trial. I have some bonus seconds on the GC so for sure we’ll try. When you have the leader’s jersey you need to push really full gas on the pedal.”
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The 164.7-kilometre test departed Mansfield at a rapid pace with Kwiatkowski throwing the cat amongst the pigeons with an early attack with 160km still to race.

With the peloton stretched to near breaking point behind the Pole sat up and a new move of five riders became established out front. The peloton would not see them again until the catch was made with 3km to go.
 
Orica-Scott took to the front on behalf of leader Ewan, allowing Team Sky to sit back, before gradually moving to the front ahead of the final 50km – with Tao Geoghegan Hart again leading the line.

Stage four result:

1. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) 3:43:31
2. Elia Viviani (Team Sky) s.t.
3. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin)
4. Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo)
5. Alan Banaszek (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)

Overall standings:

1. Elia Viviani (Team Sky) 17:38:05
2. Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) s.t.
3. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) +6"
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) +7"
5. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) +12"