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1. Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 2:57:55
2. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team :00
3. Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team :03
4. Ben Swift (GBR) Sky Pro Cycling :24
1. Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 12:54:30
2. Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team :10
3. Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad :12
7. Ben Swift (GBR) Sky Pro Cycling :18
Ben Swift's Post-Race Comments
"STAGE 4 OF THE TOUR DOWN UNDER, WENT OK BUT NOT GREAT. THE GUYS WERE GREAT VERY ACTIVE AND ROAD WELL. UNLUCKY FOR US THE BREAK WAY STAYED AWAY TODAY. WHICH WASNT IDEAL BUT THATS BIKE RACING. IT HAS SPICED UP AN ALREADY EXCITING RACE AND SHOULD MAKE FOR A VERY HARD DAY ON THE BIG DAY TOMORROW. LEGS ARE FEELING GOOD AND THE TEAM SPIRIT IS STILL VERY HIGH."
Ben averaged 235watts in stage 4 yet his normalized power, which is more representative of the actual physiological stress, was 312watts. Ben set his highest 30-minute power output of the Tour Down Under today with a value of 328w. That is Ben set his highest 5-minute power output of 421w on the first climb (Checker Hill) of the day. It is interesting to note that Ben had his hardest 10-minute stretch within the first hour of the stage. This is quit common as the riders attack and race hard at the beginning to establish the day's breakaway. Once the break gets away the peloton tends to back off and eases into a steady pace with the goal of reeling in the break within a few kilometers of the finish. Stage 4 saw the breakaway finally succeed by a mere 24 seconds. The peloton certainly chased hard though as seen with Ben's 356 normalized power value for the final 15 minutes of the race.
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