Tour of Britain #4: Sprint stage keeps Cummings safe

Steve Cummings TdF Stage 10 Grubers

The 4th stage of the Tour of Britain ended in a bunch sprint which Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) won from Daniel Mclay (Great Britain) and Ben Swift (Team Sky). Bernie Eisel was our best placed rider on the stage, finishing in 18th position.

At 218km in distance, stage 4 from Denbigh to Builth Wells was the longest of this year’s Tour of Britain. The 4000m of climbing that awaited the peloton also meant it would be a difficult day for all but this did not stop the riders from starting at a blistering pace. Attack after attack came for the first 58km before a break eventually went clear.

Once again, for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka our goal was to ensure Steve Cumming’s 2nd place on the general classification was never under any serious threat. The 4 riders in the move did not pose any immediate threat on Cummings but with the best placed rider in the break 4 minutes behind on GC, Johann van Zyl and Jay Thomson made sure the break was kept in check. It wasn’t long though and a number of other teams also became interested in the chase.

This was obviously to the detriment of the 4 leaders and they were all swallowed up with still 37km left to race. It was a nervous situation because a flurry attacks at this point would be hard to control but with Bernie Eisel watching over proceedings our African Team were able to remain calm. The few attacks that did follow lacked the impetus to make a difference and with Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw putting themselves at the service of Cummings, Cummings could safely follow the wheels to cross the line with the main pack and still in 2nd place on GC.

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