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RusVelo still in the lead in all principal standings of the GP of Sochi after stage 4

It was yet another windy day for the international peloton of the GP of Sochi in stage four. Which resulted in the first international stage winner. All three previous stages were taken by the home side, but today the best Russian was RusVelo’s Andrey Solomennikov who crossed the line third. The Austrian rider Michael Gogl (GEBRÜDER WEISS – OBERNDORFER) won the bunch uphill sprint, the Ukrainian Oleksandr Sheydyk came in second. The 155 km-long roller-coaster stage along the sea shore between Novorossiysk and Nebug was marked by a lengthy escape of two riders. Evgeny Bakhin (Russian national team) and Samir Jabrayilov (Synergy Baku) managed to stay clear of the bunch for around 100 km with a maximum gap of slightly less than three minutes. RusVelo riders kept the situation under control, and with a strong headwind, the breakaway had little chance to survive. There was no change on top of any of the classifications: Ilnur Zakarin remains in the clear lead of the general standings with the teammate Sergey Lagutin following him in second spot; Roman Maikin will again put on the purple jersey of points classification leader; RusVelo goes more than 10 minutes ahead of KOLLS in the teams standings.


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