The breakaway fought for the win on stage four of the Tour of Taiyuan as Kiwi James Oram rolled home safely in the bunch to maintain his eighth place on the general classification.
It was another short stage for the peloton to tackle with just one climb to contend with on the 87.2-kilometres route around Taihang. The day was seen as a potential day for the break to stay away with a fast, downhill run towards the final three kilometres before a ramp up to the line.
Having missed the breakaway, Mitchelton-BikeExchange kept themselves safe in the bunch with Oram having a dig in the run to the line in an attempt to gain time on his rivals. The effort came to nothing, but the 25-year-old retains his eighth on the GC.
“It was an easy stage as the breakaway stayed away. We really needed someone in it today as the profile was perfect for it, but that’s racing. A longer day tomorrow should help make the race a bit harder.”
James Victor (Sports Director):
“The boys are all going well. Oram was trying to move forward on the GC in the uphill finish but has held onto his current eight place overall.”
“He will keep trying with only 10 seconds to fifth overall. Also, Hao Ran will also try to move forward on the best Chinese rider classification, second place is within range for him.”
Tour of Taiyuan – Stage 4 Results:
1. Cristian Raileanu (Team Sapura Cycling) 1:59:17
2. Nikodemus Holler (Bike Aid) ST
20. James Oram (Mitchelton – BikeExchange) +2:14
Tour of Taiyuan – General Classification After Stage 4:
1. Cameron Piper (Team Illuminate) 5:49:47
2. Luca Raggio (Neri Sottoli – Selle Italia – KTM) +1:26
8. James Oram (Mitchelton – BikeExchange) +4:46