So far every breakaway at this year’s race has consisted of three riders and that was also the case on stage four when a three-man group formed at the front and, after 100 kilometers of racing, had gained an advantage of more than five minutes over the bunch.
The breakaway started to split with 50 kilometers to go when Ryan Mullen (Trek-Segafredo) launched a solo attack but, at that point, the pace in the bunch was already high and the lone leader was caught with 17 kilometers to go.
The bunch stayed together until the bottom of the final four-kilometer climb and as soon as the road kicked up, the peloton was reduced to around 30 riders with Koch among them. The German dug deep but was unable to keep up with the climbers and finished the day around 30th place, behind the stage winner, Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick Step).
Quotes from the Finish Line
Sports Director, Jackson Stewart
“Jonas has not been feeling great the last few days but, we still wanted to try with him. We were confident that he could do a good climb but, then our confidence took a bit of a hit after the organizer made the climb 1.4 kilometer longer and much steeper in the final than it had been published. The guys did a great job and Jonas looked well but, he seemed to fade towards the end. We still have two more stages to go that should suit us and we will keep racing hard for a good result.”
Gree-Tour of Guangxi
Stage 4 Nanning > Nongla Scenic Area (161.4km)
Top 3: 1. Enric Mas (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 2. Daniel Felipe Martinez (EF Education First) 3. Diego Rosa (Team INEOS)
CCC Team Top 3: 30. Jonas Koch 36. Gijs Van Hoecke 49. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck