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SHUNYI, China (AFP) —Elia Viviani (Liquigas) dominated a bunch sprint to win the fourth stage of the Tour of Beijing Saturday.
Viviani finished the 189.5km stage ahead of teammate Peter Sagan, with Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank-Sungard) third.
Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad), who won the opening individual time trial, retained the race leader’s red jersey going into Sunday’s final stage.
On the opening road stage Liquigas worked tireless for the victory, but in vain as a late surge by Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Cervélo) left Viviani in sixth place.
On Saturday the Italian outfit made similar efforts, but this time got the timing right, placing both Sagan and Viviani among the four men driving the peloton over the final kilometers.
Liquigas’s pace-setting went unrivaled, and in the end 22-year-old Viviani came off Sagan’s wheel to claim a deserved win.
“We’d agreed that Peter would set me up for the sprint, and I came off his wheel with 150 meters to go,” said Viviani, who thus claimed his eighth victory of the season.
Sunday brings the final stage, a 12-lap, 118km circuit race from Tiananmen Square to Olympic Park.
- 1. Elia Viviani (Ita), Liquigas-Cannondale, 4:09:08
- 2. Peter Sagan (Svk), Liquigas-Cannondale, same time
- 3. Juan José Haedo (Arg), Saxo Bank-Sungard, s.t.
- 4. Denis Galimzyanov (Rus), Team Katusha, s.t.
- 5. Alexander Porsev (Rus), Team Katusha, s.t.
- 1. Tony Martin (Ger), HTC-Highroad, 11:19:27
- 2. David Millar (Gbr), Garmin-Cervélo, at 0:17
- 3. Christopher Froome (Gbr), Team Sky, at 0:26
- 4. Stephen Cummings (Gbr), Team Sky, at 0:35
- 5. Olivier Kaisen (Bel), Omega Pharma-Lotto, at 0:39