Monday 24 October 2016

Bouhanni gets second stage

French rider Nacer Bouhanni won the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in a sprint finish, while Australian rider Rohan Dennis retained the overall lead.

Bouhanni, who won stage two, finished ahead of Belgian rider Jonas Van Genechten and Slovenian Luka Mezgec, after five-and-a-half hours. Early into the moderately hilly stage, a 228-kilometre trek to Sisteron, the race's longest, Dutch rider Martijn Keizer and Belgian Tosh Van der Sande forged ahead. With 50km remaining, their lead was trimmed down to five minutes.

Van der Sande dropped off, leaving Keizer alone in front, but he was overtaken by Belgian rider Tim Wellens, who was caught by the chasing pack with 2.5k remaining. "It was very difficult at the end," Bouhanni said.

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