Lawless holds station on stage four

30 Jul 2019

Lawless holds station on stage four

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Tour de Wallonie - Stage four: Villers-Le-Bouillet › Lierneux, 178.2km

Chris Lawless held firm to retain a promising second place overall at the Tour de Wallonie.

Despite it's tough profile, the penultimate stage did not prove to be as selective as initially thought, despite some aggressive racing from the peloton.

Lawless was able to hang on over the final climb, clawing back ground ahead of a bunch finish. 10th place saw him hold station on the general classification, 12 seconds back on leader Loic Vliegen (Wanty-Gobert). Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) took the stage win into Lierneux.

Team INEOS put in a strong team effort on the day. Eddie Dunbar put in a great ride to bridge across to the remainder of the day's breakaway with 54km to go. The quintet saw their gap grow out towards one minute before being gradually shut down. Diego Rosa was attentive to the counter-attacks, with Filippo Ganna, Christian Knees and Kristoffer Halvorsen all supporting in the bunch.

Courtesy of bonus seconds gained in the break Dunbar jumped up 15 places to fourth overall, 16 seconds back. Rosa remains amongst the rest of the GC contenders, a further six seconds down.
Stage four result:

1. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) 4:26:52
2. Szymon Sajnok (CCC Team) s.t.
3. Stijn Steels (Roompot-Charles)
4. Romain Cardis (Total Direct Energie)
5. Dries De Bondt (Correndon-Circus)
10. Chris Lawless (Team INEOS)

Overall standings:

1. Loic Vliegen (Wanty-Gobert) 17:34:46
2. Chris Lawless (Team INEOS) +12"
3. Dries De Bondt (Corendon Circus) +13"
4. Eddie Dunbar (Team INEOS) +16"
5. Kenneth De Rooy (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) +18"

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