New Zealander James Orammanaged to take maximum points on today’s King of the Mountains sprint, to extend his lead in the mountains classification after the fourth stage at the Tour de Korea.
After an aggressive start to the race with many attacks and riders trying to go into the dayâ€™s breakaway, it wasn’t until after around 60kilometres when I breakaway group finally stuck. This worked to Mitchelton-BikeExchange’s advantage, with Oram able to take top points in the KOM sprint which came after 36kilometres of racing.
The breakaway group of nine-riders established itself over one-minute ahead of the peloton, but the move didâ€™t last too long and they were all brought back with 30kilometres still to go.
On an uphill sprint to the finish line, Oram took 20th place on the stage and now heads into tomorrow’s final short stage in 17th place overall with a healthy lead in the mountain’s classification.
“Yesterday was a nice bonus for being in the breakaway most the first half of the race. We wanted to go for the time sprint to move me up on GC, but I was fourth in the sprint, so it’s good we still got something from the day.
“Today it was great work by the boys covering the moves during a very hard first hour of racing and bring me to a good position to take the maximum points at the KOM.
“There’s just one more stage to go, and I think tomorrow will be a great opportunity for Niu.”
Andrew Smith – Sport Director:
“The boys kept everything in check and prevented any riders going away which could threaten James Oram’s KOM jersey.
“It went down to a sprint at the KOM and James managed to take maximum points, securing the jersey. There’s no KOM’s tomorrow, so he just needs to finish safely to win the classification.
“In the final 20kilometres, the peloton was riding into a head wind, and the finish came down to a bunch sprint.”
Tour de Korea – Stage 4 Results:
1. Martin Laas (Team Illuminati ) 3:0129
2. Jose Lobato Nippo Vini Fantini) ST
3. Ben Prades (Team Ukyo) ST
20. James Oram (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) ST
General Classification after stage 4:
1. Filippo Zaccanti (Nippo Vini Fantini) 12:14:10
2.Ben Perry (Islreal Cycling Academy) +0:41
3. Youcef Reguigui (Terengganu Cycling Team) +1:03
17. James Oram (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) +1:19