Moscon retains second despite late crash

16 May 2019

Moscon retains second despite late crash

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Tour of California – Stage four: Raceway Laguna Seca – Morro Bay, 212.5km

Gianni Moscon retained second overall at the Tour of California despite a crash-filled finale to stage four.
 
The Italian was caught up in a large pile-up on the run into Morro Bay. After a change of bike Moscon was quickly back under way but was unable to regain contact with a surging peloton.
 
With overnight leader Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) also going down in an earlier crash, and then subsequently held up on the run-in, race officials decided to retain the general classification results, meaning Moscon remains just six seconds off the American’s lead. Also involved in the crash, David de la Cruz was able to hold firm in eighth place overall.
 
Kristoffer Halvorsen was the first Team INEOS rider to cross the line, coming home eighth on the uphill drag, won by Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step). 
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What's Next?

An exciting finish is guaranteed on stage five, with a short final climb crested with 5.5km to go. Any sprinter who can get over it stands a great chance, but the 900m rise will also provide a launchpad for attacks.

Stage four result:

1. Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) 5:53:22
2. Jasper Philipsen (UAE-Team Emirates) s.t.
3. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
4. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)
5. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data)
8. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team INEOS)

Overall standings

1. Tejay Van Garderen (EF Education First) 21:16:50
2. Gianni Moscon (Team INEOS) +6"
3. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) +7"
4. Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) +16"
5. Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) +22"
8. David de la Cruz (Team INEOS) +34"

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