Sagan aces stage 4 of Tour Down Under

Daryl Impey answering questions from the press

"I had a tough end of past year so to be up here and win Willunga for a fifth time in a row, I have to say I'm happy but of course I would have loved to win the overall", Porte said.

But provided nothing goes wrong in the Adelaide street race, Porte said Impey would win the Tour for the first time.

The defending Tour Down Under champion, Porte won for the fifth straight year on the summit finish of Willunga Hill, attacking with 1.5 kilometres to go and holding off all challengers to easily take line honours.

Impey has the lead thanks to a countback of earlier stage results this week.

"We did a Tour of California five years, a stage in Palm Springs, and two guys from the peloton just fell down from the bicycle, so that was really bad", he said.

He finished the stage 14 seconds back of Australian victor Richie Porte, but only dropped one spot in the overall standings.


"I'm feeling confident, barring anything happening", Impey said.

Overnight leader and stage 4 victor Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) cracked on the lower slopes of the climb and dropped down the GC.

Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe team-mate Jay McCarthy is third, nine seconds down, with Luis Leon Sanchez a further second back in fourth.

Ewan lost more than 11 minutes to tumble to 65th, but his Mitchelton-Scott team took consolation as Daryl Impey, second on the day, now sits second overall, two seconds down on Sagan.

Along with beating Impey by eight seconds, Porte picked up four bonus seconds for winning the stage, putting them level on overall time.

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