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Slipstream wins TTT, Henderson in yellow

Starting the day one man down after Timmy Duggan’s frightful crash on Wednesday, an inspired Slipstream-Chipotle won the Tour de Georgia’s stage 4 team time trial Thursday at the Road Atlanta automotive raceway. Slipstream rode four laps of Road Atlanta’s rolling 2.5-mile racetrack in 19:36, 3.41 seconds faster than Astana, at an average speed of 29.14 miles per hour.

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Henderson in yellow for another day

By Neal Rogers

Zabriskie leads Team Slipstream/Chipotle around a curve en route to the stage win

Zabriskie leads Team Slipstream/Chipotle around a curve en route to the stage win

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Starting the day one man down after Timmy Duggan’s frightful crash on Wednesday, an inspired Slipstream-Chipotle won the Tour de Georgia’s stage 4 team time trial Thursday at the Road Atlanta automotive raceway.

Slipstream rode four laps of Road Atlanta’s rolling 2.5-mile racetrack in 19:36, 3.41 seconds faster than Astana, at an average speed of 29.14 miles per hour.

The High Road team of race leader Greg Henderson finished third, 5.2 seconds back. Henderson retained the race lead, and because of time bonuses during the first three stages now sits 15 seconds ahead of race favorites Tom Danielson and Trent Lowe and 19 seconds ahead of race favorite Levi Leipheimer.

Team CSC finished fourth on the day, 12.72 seconds off Slipstream’s time, while Toyota-United was the top domestic team in fifth, 23 seconds down. After rolling out of the start with only seven riders, Slipstream finished with just four men — Christian Vande Velde, Dave Zabriskie, Lowe and Danielson, the 2005 Georgia winner.

Tyler Farrar, Slipstream’s highest-placed GC rider heading into the stage, was dropped on the third lap.

The first team time trial in the Tour de Georgia’s six-year history featured a sharp hill that reached a maximum of 15 percent grade in the first 500 meters prior to several sharp turns.

With the times taken on the fourth rider across the finish line, the demanding course forced teams to strategize how best to tackle the short, intense effort. Slipstream entered the climb in the small chain ring each lap, a tactic designed to avoid the type of disaster that befell Bissell’s Tom Zirbel, a top-10 finisher in the individual time trial of February’s Amgen Tour of California.

Zirbel dropped his chain on the second lap and never regained contact with his teammates. In order to make up for Zirbel’s absence and keep the pace high, Bissell’s Ben Jacques-Maynes sacrificed himself, taking a “monster pull” on the flatter backside of the course before swinging off.

In the end Bissell finished ninth, with just four riders — Richard England, Garrett Peltonen, Edward King and Jeremy Vennell.

“We saw other teams having problems with their chains on the hill, and we made the decision that everyone would come into the climb in the small ring,” Danielson said. “Our mechanics dialed in our bikes, and we didn’t have any problems.”

Because GE-Trek-Marco Polo was placed lowest on general classification the team rolled out of the start/finish area first, at 1 p.m., under sunny skies and mild winds.

The event’s 15 teams raced in pairs, separated by two-minute intervals, with Henderson’s High Road team heading out last, and on its own, at 3:41 p.m.

The Marco Polo team did little to improve its standing on GC, posting a time of 20:59 that would serve as the day’s slowest pace.

Team CSC, starting in heat three, was the first to break the 20-minute barrier, posting a 19:49. During that ride stage 2 winner J.J. Haedo pulled out of his pedal on the team’s second trip over the climb, and was forced to come to a complete stop and traverse up the course’s steep climb, losing contact. CSC crossed the line with five riders — Bobby Julich, Bradley McGee, Inigo Cuesta, Jason McCartney and Michael Blaudzun.

Slipstream rolled out in the fourth heat, two minutes behind Jelly Belly. In support of Duggan, who remained in Athens Regional Hospital Thursday for observation but is expected to make a full recovery, the team placed blue handlebar tape on its seat post featuring the words “Just Go Harder” — the slogan and name of Duggan’s Web site shared with longtime friend Ian Macgregor, who rides for Team Type 1.

“We could see that on each other’s seat posts, and we did it,” Danielson said. “We just went harder.”

Moments before the start Slipstream encountered an unexpected obstacle when UCI officials asked the team to remove special aerodynamic helmet covers.

“The race officials sent out a letter a month ago asking teams not to ride time trial bikes, aerodynamic helmets or clip-on bars,” Slipstream’s physiologist Allen Lim said. “And that was about it. So we started thinking about what we could do to make our guys faster, and that included aerodynamic helmet covers. But when we went to the start line the officials asked us to remove the covers, saying it was an aerodynamic advantage. It was definitely a gray area, but we respected their wishes.”

Race officials didn’t, however, question the team’s use of Zipp’s new 1080 deep aerodynamic wheels, ridden by Vande Velde and Danielson. Slipstream put in the fastest first lap of the day, with a 4:53, and carried its fastest pace to the line.

After the race both Lowe and Danielson were quick to credit teammate Danny Pate, who came off on the last lap. “It helped having guys who are experienced in the team time trial, like Vande Velde and Zabriskie,” Lowe said. “And Pate has a big, smooth engine as well. We probably had some of the best guys, as a team, for a race like this. I think we rode fantastically.”

Notable was the poor performance of Rock Racing, which boasts 2004 Olympic time trial champion Tyler Hamilton and former world time trial champion Santiago Botero.

Racing in heat five, Rock came apart early, with Kayle Leogrande dropped the second time over the hill and Botero coming off shortly afterwards. The team finished with four riders — Hamilton, Sevilla, Victor Hugo Peña and Mike Creed. Botero finished 2:21 behind his teammates. “We started out good, we had a decent first lap,” Hamilton said. “But team trialing is about practice, and this was the first one we’ve ever done as a team. There’s some room for improvement. We knew we didn’t have to finish with all eight. It was so short that if someone was struggling and could hang on the back and miss some pulls, that was fine, but we couldn’t really wait for anybody.

“We were really only going to wait for two guys, Santi Botero and Oscar Sevilla,” Hamilton said. “We would have waited for Botero, but he was really feeling awful today. He told us to go. It’s normal, people have bad days. But Santi is a class act. He didn’t want to hold up Sevilla. He believes in Sevilla, and that’s classy. A more selfish rider would have told the team to wait for him. Sevilla was really strong, and I think he has a good chance in the next couple of days. He’s really impressed me this week. Now he’s our one GC guy.”

Starting in heat seven, two minutes behind Toyota-United, Astana put in the fastest first lap, four seconds faster than Slipstream. But the team came apart soon thereafter.

Twenty-one-year-old Swiss rider Michael Schar, who crashed in the feed zone during stage 2 and separated his shoulder, was dropped early on and later abandoned. Astana came through at 9:46 after two laps, eight seconds slower than its first lap, but pulled within two seconds of Slipstream’s pace on the third lap at 14:47 after registering a 5:01 third lap.

During that third lap Leipheimer pulled away from the rest of the team on a straightaway and, at Chris Horner’s shouted request, had to come to a near standstill. “Chris was yelling ‘Stop! Stop!,” Leipheimer said. “So I let off, but he yelled, “No, you need to stop!” We were going pretty slow, and I lost a big chunk of time.” Astana crossed the line with five riders — Leipheimer, Horner, Antonio Colom, Aaron Kemps and Jose Luis Rubiera.

“Once we got it down to our core group of guys, our last lap was, I heard, the fastest of the whole race,” Leipheimer said. “Maybe we should have just started with those guys.”

“It was a hilly course,” Leipheimer said. “It really separates the riders and the team, and unfortunately we had three or four guys who just weren’t feeling it. We had one of our strongest guys with his shoulder out. But every team has their injuries and whatnot. No excuses, we just got beat.”

High Road was the last team to start, and kept Slipstream — and a crowd of several thousand, the biggest of the race so far — on its toes until the end. Henderson led five of his High Road teammates across the finish line, but the team fell just five seconds short of Slipstream’s time. Lowe, the best young rider of the 2005 Tour de Georgia while riding for Jittery Joe’s, moved into the best young rider’s jersey, six seconds ahead of High Road’s Craig Lewis.

Farrar, who led the young rider’s competition, dropped down to ninth, 1:43 down, but will wear Henderson’s sprint leaders jersey during Friday’s 133-mile stage from Suwanee to Dahlonega, which dishes up three category 3 climbs before a 20-mile descent into Dahlonega.

Results

Results Stage 4

1. Trent Lowe* (Aus), Slipstream-Chipotle, 19:36

2. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 19:36

3. David Zabriskie (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 19:36

4. Thomas Danielson (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 19:36

5. Christopher Horner (USA), Astana, 19:40

6. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana, 19:40

7. Antonio Colom (Sp), Astana, 19:40

8. Aaron Kemps (Aus), Astana, 19:40

9. Rubiera Vigil José Luis (Sp), Astana, 19:40

10. George Hincapie (USA), Team High Road, 19:42

11. Andre Greipel (G), Team High Road, 19:42

12. Greg Henderson (NZl), Team High Road, 19:42

13. Craig Lewis* (USA), Team High Road, 19:42

14. Thomas LÖvkvist* (Swe), Team High Road, 19:42

15. Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr), Team High Road, 19:42

16. Michael Blaudzun (Dk), CSC, 19:49

17. Bobby Julich (USA), CSC, 19:49

18. Bradley Mcgee (Aus), CSC, 19:49

19. Inigo Cuesta (Sp), CSC, 19:49

20. Jason Mccartney (USA), CSC, 19:49

21. Danny Pate (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 19:58

22. Benjamin Day (Aus), Toyota-United, 20:00

23. Justin England (USA), Toyota-United, 20:00

24. Ivan Stevic (SRB), Toyota-United, 20:00

25. Dominique Rollin (CAN), Toyota-United, 20:00

26. Christopher Baldwin (USA), Toyota-United, 20:04

27. Darren Lill (RSA), BMC, 20:08

28. Jonathan Garcia (USA), BMC, 20:08

29. Scott Nydam (USA), BMC, 20:08

30. Taylor Tolleson* (USA), BMC, 20:08

31. Oscar Gatto* (I), Gerolsteiner, 20:09

32. Sebastian Lang (G), Gerolsteiner, 20:09

33. Volker Ordowski (G), Gerolsteiner, 20:09

34. Stephan Schreck (G), Gerolsteiner, 20:09

35. Timothy Johnson (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 20:17

36. Karl Menzies (Aus), Health Net Maxxis, 20:17

37. Frank Pipp (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 20:17

38. Rory Sutherland (Aus), Health Net Maxxis, 20:17

39. Kirk O’Bee (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 20:17

40. Matt Cooke (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 20:17

41. Matthew Crane* (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 20:17

42. Jeremy Vennell (NZl), Bissell Pro Cycling, 20:18

43. Richard England (Aus), Bissell Pro Cycling, 20:18

44. Garrett Peltonen (USA), Bissell Pro Cycling, 20:18

45. Scott Zwizanski (USA), Bissell Pro Cycling, 20:18

46. Edward King (USA), Bissell Pro Cycling, 20:18

47. Ivan Dominguez (CUB), Toyota-United, 20:20

48. Michael Creed (USA), Rock Racing, 20:29

49. Tyler Hamilton (USA), Rock Racing, 20:29

50. Oscar Sevilla (Sp), Rock Racing, 20:29

51. Hugo Victor Hugo (Col), Rock Racing, 20:29

52. Jacob Erker (CAN), SYM, 20:29

53. Svein Tuft (CAN), SYM, 20:29

54. Eric Wohlberg (CAN), SYM, 20:29

55. Francois Parisien (CAN), SYM, 20:29

56. Andrew Randell (CAN), SYM, 20:29

57. Andrew Pinfold (CAN), SYM, 20:29

58. Christian Meier* (CAN), SYM, 20:29

59. Cameron Evans* (CAN), SYM, 20:29

60. Glen Chadwick (NZl), TT1, 20:32

61. Christopher Jones (USA), TT1, 20:32

62. Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr), TT1, 20:32

63. Ian Macgregor (USA), TT1, 20:32

64. Fabio Calabria* (Aus), TT1, 20:32

65. Emile Abraham (TRI), TT1, 20:32

66. Moises Aldape (MEX), TT1, 20:32

67. Matthew Wilson (Aus), TT1, 20:45

68. Michael Lange (USA), Jelly Belly, 20:47

69. Bernard Van Ulden (USA), Jelly Belly, 20:47

70. Nick Reistad (USA), Jelly Belly, 20:47

71. Nicholas Sanderson* (Aus), Jelly Belly, 20:47

72. Barry Aaron Barry (NZl), Jelly Belly, 20:47

73. Ben Jaques Maynes (USA), Bissell Pro Cycling, 20:47

74. Aaron Olson (USA), Bissell Pro Cycling, 20:47

75. Jeremy Powers (USA), Jelly Belly, 20:53

76. Matthew Rice (Aus), Jelly Belly, 20:56

77. Ryan Sullivan* (Aus), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 20:57

78. Trent Wilson (Aus), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 20:57

79. Matt Shriver (USA), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 20:57

80. Jared Barrilleaux* (USA), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 20:57

81. Danilo Wyss* (Swi), BMC, 20:57

82. Leon Van Bon (Nl), MPC, 20:59

83. Jai Crawford (Aus), MPC, 20:59

84. Sergey Kudentsov (Rus), MPC, 20:59

85. Yilin Liu* (CHN), MPC, 20:59

86. Rhys Pollock (Aus), MPC, 20:59

87. Yan Dong Xing * (CHN), MPC, 20:59

88. Hilton Clarke (Aus), Toyota-United, 21:04

89. Bryce Mead (USA), Jelly Belly, 21:05

90. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Rock Racing, 21:06

91. Jackson Stewart (USA), BMC, 21:14

92. David Galvin (USA), BMC, 21:14

93. Andrey Mizurov (Kaz), Astana, 21:20

94. Jonathan Cantwell (Aus), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 21:22

95. Lucas Euser (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 21:31

96. Tyler Farrar* (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 21:31

97. Sven Krauss (G), Gerolsteiner, 21:34

98. Matthias Russ (G), Gerolsteiner, 21:34

99. Tom Zirbel (USA), Bissell Pro Cycling, 21:39

100. Roman Kireyev* (Kaz), Astana, 21:41

101. Neil Shirley (USA), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 21:45

102. Vogels Henk (Aus), Toyota-United, 21:50

103. Anders Lund* (Dk), CSC, 22:12

104. Evan Elken (USA), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 22:28

105. Fuyu Li (CHN), MPC, 22:31

106. Sea Keong Loh * (MAS), MPC, 22:40

107. Bert Grabsch (G), Team High Road, 22:44

108. Doug Ollerenshaw (USA), Rock Racing, 22:50

109. Santiago Botero (Col), Rock Racing, 22:50

110. Juan Jose Haedo (ARG), CSC, 23:14

111. Corey Collier (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 23:34

112. Cody Stevenson (Aus), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 23:36

113. Mike Sayers (USA), BMC, 23:44

114. Kayle Leo Grande (USA), Rock Racing, 23:45

115. Thomas Fothen (G), Gerolsteiner, 24:12

116. Robert Forster (G), Gerolsteiner, 24:12

Overall, after Stage 4

1. Greg Henderson (NZl), Team High Road, 11:17:59

2. Andre Greipel (G), Team High Road, 11:18:14

3. David Zabriskie (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 11:18:14

4. Thomas Danielson (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 11:18:14

5. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 11:18:14

6. Trent Lowe* (Aus), Slipstream-Chipotle, 11:18:14

7. Antonio Colom (Sp), Astana, 11:18:18

8. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana, 11:18:18

9. Christopher Horner (USA), Astana, 11:18:18

10. José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Sp), Astana, 11:18:18

11. Aaron Kemps (Aus), Astana, 11:18:18

12. George Hincapie (USA), Team High Road, 11:18:20

13. Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr), Team High Road, 11:18:20

14. Craig Lewis* (USA), Team High Road, 11:18:20

15. Bradley Mcgee (Aus), CSC, 11:18:27

16. Bobby Julich (USA), CSC, 11:18:27

17. Inigo Cuesta (Sp), CSC, 11:18:27

18. Michael Blaudzun (Dk), CSC, 11:18:27

19. Jason Mccartney (USA), CSC, 11:18:27

20. Ivan Stevic (SRB), Toyota-United, 11:18:34

21. Danny Pate (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 11:18:36

22. Dominique Rollin (CAN), Toyota-United, 11:18:38

23. Christopher Baldwin (USA), Toyota-United, 11:18:42

24. Scott Nydam (USA), BMC, 11:18:45

25. Darren Lill (RSA), BMC, 11:18:46

26. Taylor Tolleson* (USA), BMC, 11:18:46

27. Jonathan Garcia (USA), BMC, 11:18:46

28. Volker Ordowski (G), Gerolsteiner, 11:18:47

29. Sebastian Lang (G), Gerolsteiner, 11:18:47

30. Stephan Schreck (G), Gerolsteiner, 11:18:47

31. Karl Menzies (Aus), Health Net Maxxis, 11:18:55

32. Matt Cooke (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 11:18:55

33. Timothy Johnson (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 11:18:55

34. Richard England (Aus), Bissell Pro Cycling, 11:18:56

35. Edward King (USA), Bissell Pro Cycling, 11:18:56

36. Jeremy Vennell (NZl), Bissell Pro Cycling, 11:18:56

37. Garrett Peltonen (USA), Bissell Pro Cycling, 11:18:56

38. Moises Aldape (MEX), TT1, 11:19:03

39. Christian Meier* (CAN), SYM, 11:19:04

40. Oscar Sevilla (Sp), Rock Racing, 11:19:07

41. Victor Hugo Pena (Col), Rock Racing, 11:19:07

42. Tyler Hamilton (USA), Rock Racing, 11:19:07

43. Michael Creed (USA), Rock Racing, 11:19:07

44. Andrew Pinfold (CAN), SYM, 11:19:07

45. Francois Parisien (CAN), SYM, 11:19:07

46. Andrew Randell (CAN), SYM, 11:19:07

47. Svein Tuft (CAN), SYM, 11:19:07

48. Jacob Erker (CAN), SYM, 11:19:07

49. Cameron Evans* (CAN), SYM, 11:19:07

50. Eric Wohlberg (CAN), SYM, 11:19:07

51. Christopher Jones (USA), TT1, 11:19:10

52. Valery Kobzarenko (Ukr), TT1, 11:19:10

53. Fabio Calabria* (Aus), TT1, 11:19:10

54. Ian Macgregor (USA), TT1, 11:19:10

55. Emile Abraham (TRI), TT1, 11:19:10

56. Nicholas Sanderson* (Aus), Jelly Belly, 11:19:17

57. Michael Lange (USA), Jelly Belly, 11:19:25

58. Nick Reistad (USA), Jelly Belly, 11:19:25

59. Ben Jaques Maynes (USA), Bissell Pro Cycling, 11:19:25

60. Aaron Olson (USA), Bissell Pro Cycling, 11:19:25

61. Jeremy Powers (USA), Jelly Belly, 11:19:31

62. Trent Wilson (Aus), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 11:19:35

63. Matt Shriver (USA), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 11:19:35

64. Jai Crawford (Aus), MPC, 11:19:37

65. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Rock Racing, 11:19:44

66. Glen Chadwick (NZl), TT1, 11:19:49

67. Rory Sutherland (Aus), Health Net Maxxis, 11:19:55

68. Matthew Crane* (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 11:19:55

69. Tyler Farrar* (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 11:19:57

70. Andrey Mizurov (Kaz), Astana, 11:19:58

71. Jonathan Cantwell (Aus), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 11:20:00

72. Ivan Dominguez (CUB), Toyota-United, 11:20:11

73. Matthias Russ (G), Gerolsteiner, 11:20:12

74. Ryan Sullivan* (Aus), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 11:20:14

75. Jared Barrilleaux* (USA), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 11:20:14

76. Tom Zirbel (USA), Bissell Pro Cycling, 11:20:17

77. Roman Kireyev* (Kaz), Astana, 11:20:19

78. Oscar Gatto* (I), Gerolsteiner, 11:20:19

79. Neil Shirley (USA), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 11:20:23

80. Thomas LÖvkvist* (Swe), Team High Road, 11:20:24

81. Hilton Clarke (Aus), Toyota-United, 11:20:34

82. Yilin Liu* (CHN), MPC, 11:20:47

83. Barry Aaron Barry (NZl), Jelly Belly, 11:20:50

84. Danilo Wyss* (Swi), BMC, 11:21:02

85. Fuyu Li (CHN), MPC, 11:21:09

86. Santiago Botero (Col), Rock Racing, 11:21:28

87. Doug Ollerenshaw (USA), Rock Racing, 11:21:28

88. Juan Jose Haedo (ARG), CSC, 11:21:42

89. Bert Grabsch (G), Team High Road, 11:22:09

90. Sven Krauss (G), Gerolsteiner, 11:22:12

91. Mike Sayers (USA), BMC, 11:22:22

92. Matthew Wilson (Aus), TT1, 11:22:37

93. Matthew Rice (Aus), Jelly Belly, 11:22:48

94. Thomas Fothen (G), Gerolsteiner, 11:22:50

95. Leon Van Bon (Nl), MPC, 11:22:51

96. Kirk O’Bee (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 11:23:17

97. Robert Forster (G), Gerolsteiner, 11:23:18

98. Bernard Van Ulden (USA), Jelly Belly, 11:23:20

99. Yan Dong Xing * (CHN), MPC, 11:23:20

100. Lucas Euser (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 11:23:23

101. Benjamin Day (Aus), Toyota-United, 11:23:38

102. Evan Elken (USA), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 11:23:43

103. Frank Pipp (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 11:23:47

104. Anders Lund* (Dk), CSC, 11:24:04

105. Kayle Leo Grande (USA), Rock Racing, 11:24:31

106. Rhys Pollock (Aus), MPC, 11:24:34

107. Sergey Kudentsov (Rus), MPC, 11:24:37

108. Jackson Stewart (USA), BMC, 11:24:52

109. David Galvin (USA), BMC, 11:24:52

110. Henk Vogels (Aus), Toyota-United, 11:25:28

111. Corey Collier (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 11:25:36

112. Sea Keong Loh * (MAS), MPC, 11:26:17

113. Cody Stevenson (Aus), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 11:27:14

114. Scott Zwizanski (USA), Bissell Pro Cycling, 11:27:40

115. Justin England (USA), Toyota-United, 11:32:39

116. Bryce Mead (USA), Jelly Belly, 11:33:45

Points, after Stage 4

1. Greg Henderson (NZl), Team High Road, 38 Pts.

2. Tyler Farrar* (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 30 Pts.

3. Ivan Dominguez (CUB), Toyota-United, 25 Pts.

4. Juan Jose Haedo (ARG), CSC, 15 Pts.

5. Nicholas Sanderson* (Aus), Jelly Belly, 15 Pts.

6. Robert Forster (G), Gerolsteiner, 15 Pts.

7. Andre Greipel (G), Team High Road, 13 Pts.

8. Frank Pipp (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 13 Pts.

9. Andrew Pinfold (CAN), SYM, 11 Pts.

10. Moises Aldape (MEX), TT1, 11 Pts.

11. Richard England (Aus), Bissell Pro Cycling, 10 Pts.

12. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Rock Racing, 9 Pts.

13. Antonio Colom (Sp), Astana, 7 Pts.

14. Ivan Stevic (SRB), Toyota-United, 7 Pts.

15. Sergey Kudentsov (Rus), MPC, 6 Pts.

16. Danilo Wyss* (Swi), BMC, 5 Pts.

17. Bradley Mcgee (Aus), CSC, 5 Pts.

18. Christian Meier* (CAN), SYM, 5 Pts.

19. Justin England (USA), Toyota-United, 5 Pts.

20. Dominique Rollin (CAN), Toyota-United, 4 Pts.

21. Emile Abraham (TRI), TT1, 4 Pts.

22. Rhys Pollock (Aus), MPC, 3 Pts.

23. Bryce Mead (USA), Jelly Belly, 3 Pts.

24. Aaron Kemps (Aus), Astana, 2 Pts.

25. Jonathan Cantwell (Aus), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 2 Pts.

26. Karl Menzies (Aus), Health Net Maxxis, 1 Pts.

27. Scott Nydam (USA), BMC, 1 Pts.

28. Scott Zwizanski (USA), Bissell Pro Cycling, 1 Pts.

29. Sea Keong Loh* (MAS), MPC, 1 Pts.

K.O.M. after Stage 4

1. Frank Pipp (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 4 Pts.

2. Edward King (USA), Bissell Pro Cycling, 3 Pts.

3. Rory Sutherland (Aus), Health Net Maxxis, 2 Pts.

4. Oscar Sevilla (Sp), Rock Racing, 1 Pts.

Best Young Rider, after Stage 4

1. Trent Lowe* (Aus), Slipstream-Chipotle, 11:18:14

2. Craig Lewis* (USA), Team High Road, 11:18:20

3. Taylor Tolleson* (USA), BMC, 11:18:46

4. Christian Meier* (CAN), SYM, 11:19:04

5. Cameron Evans* (CAN), SYM, 11:19:07

6. Fabio Calabria* (Aus), TT1, 11:19:10

7. Nicholas Sanderson* (Aus), Jelly Belly, 11:19:17

8. Matthew Crane* (USA), Health Net Maxxis, 11:19:55

9. Tyler Farrar* (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle, 11:19:57

10. Ryan Sullivan* (Aus), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 11:20:14

11. Jared Barrilleaux* (USA), Jittery Joe’s Coffee, 11:20:14

12. Roman Kireyev* (Kaz), Astana, 11:20:19

13. Oscar Gatto* (I), Gerolsteiner, 11:20:19

14. Thomas LÖvkvist* (Swe), Team High Road, 11:20:24

15. Yilin Liu* (CHN), MPC, 11:20:47

16. Danilo Wyss* (Swi), BMC, 11:21:02

17. Yan Dong Xing * (CHN), MPC, 11:23:20

18. Anders Lund* (Dk), CSC, 11:24:04

19. Sea Keong Loh * (MAS), MPC, 11:26:17

Teams, after Stage 4

1. Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30, 33:54:42

2. Astana, 33:54:54

3. High Road, 33:55:00

4. Team Csc, 33:55:21

5. Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team, 33:55:54

6. Team BMC Racing Team, 33:56:18

7. Gerolsteiner, 33:56:21

8. Health Net Presented By Maxxis, 33:56:45

9. Bissell Pro Cycling, 33:56:48

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