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BinckBank Tour (4) - Smith tries to avoid sprint in soaked stage

BinckBank Tour (4) - Smith tries to avoid sprint in soaked stage

Dion Smith tried to break away in the final of the fourth stage of BinckBank Tour (2.WT, 07-13/08) with start and finish in Lanaken. The fourth stage was ridden at a very fast average pace (47km/h) in rainy circumstances. In the initial phase Guillaume Van Keirsbulck was involved in a crash. Despite the pain he continued his way. Some riders were hold up by the crash, but could return to the peloton that rode very fast. Greipel, Politt and Ligthart broke away, but were caught 30 kilometers from the line. Dion Smith attacked 13 kilometers from the line together with Alex Dowsett. However, they were caught again with four kilometers to go. Edward Theuns was the fastest, Kenny Dehaes finished 19th. In the ranking, Smith moves to 46th place 43 seconds behind leader Küng.

Dion Smith: 

"I wasn't feeling very good. It was a hard day with all the turns and then sprinting out of the corners. I was trying to ride in a good position because the peloton was strung out. The legs weren't bad, but I felt like I had a puncture all day."

"I wasn't actually meaning to attack. But I was in front in the wheel of Dowsett, I just went and didn't even think about it. I tried to match his efforts, but he was pretty strong. Mentally it wasn't that fun. But it was good to get out there. After Tour de France I feel like I get tired more easily after an effort. But I am recovered, I just have to be careful."

"Tomorrow looks like another good day for me. Meurisse is feeling good as well, we'll get him up there. We'll see how the legs hold up."

Results stage 4 (Lanaken-Lanaken)

1. Edward Theuns
2. Marko Kump
3. Tim Merlier
19. Kenny Dehaes
26. Mark McNally
35. Pieter Vanspeybrouck
62. Dion Smith
91. Frederik Backaert
100. Xandro Meurisse
102. Kevin Van Melsen
104. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck

General classification after stage 4

1. Stefan Küng
2. Maciej Bodnar + 00:04
3. Tom Dumoulin + 00:05
46. Dion Smith + 00:43
59. Pieter Vanspeybrouck + 00:48
65. Frederik Backaert + 00:51
74. Xandro Meurisse + 00:56
75. Kevin Van Melsen + 00:57
78. Mark McNally + 01:01
84. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck + 01:05
121. Kenny Dehaes + 01:49