1. Bradley Wiggins, 1.03.12
2. Martin, at 0.34
3. Rogers, at 1.11
4. Kelderman, at 1.25
5. Chavanel, at 1.33
Bradley Wiggins wins stage 4 with the best time of 1.03.12 at the average speed of 50.79.
Tony Martin scores the new best time on the line: 1.03.46. He’s the first rider above 50km/h: 50.34.
Bradley Wiggins sees Cadel Evans ahead of him. He might catch the Australian who started two minutes before him but is probably handicaped by the loss of his water bottle.
Standings after 40.5km:
1. Bradley Wiggins, 48.17
2. Martin, at 0.36
3. Rogers, at 1.01
4. Chavanel, at 1.05
5. Kelderman, at 1.10
6. LL. Sanchez, at 1.26
7. Millar, at 1.28
8. Froome, at 1.29
9. Durbridge, at 1.31
10. Evans, at 1.37
Bradley Wiggins (SKY) looks like the probable winner of this time trial. He has the best time after 40.5km, 36 seconds faster than Tony Martin.
As he crosses the line, Vincenzo Nibali (LIQ) only has the 19th best time so far.
As Tony Gallopin (RNT) and Rein Taarämae (COF) have also passed the finishing line, it’s now certain that Wilco Kelderman (RAB) becomes the best young rider of the Dauphiné.
Michael Rogers (SKY) beats the time of Kelderman on the finishing line. The Australian clocks 1.04.23 at the average speed of 49.85km/h.
All the riders have passed the first check point at km 18:
1. Sylvain Chavanel, 20.21
2. Tony Martin, at 0.04
3. Bradley Wiggins, at 0.11
4. Wilco Kelderman, at 0.14
5. Cadel Evans, at 0.17
6. LL Sanchez, at 0.18
7. Amador, at 0.24
8. Grivko, at 0.25
9. Coppel, at 0.26
10. Rogers, at 0.29
Wilco Kelderman (RAB) reacted to our estimated colleague Raymond Kerckhoffs from Dutch daily newspaper De Telegraaf after scoring a better time than Luke Durbridge: “This is a big surprise for me”, he said. “The longest time trial I had ever done before was 33km long but I had no problem keeping my pace until the end. To win the white jersey [of the best young rider] is my goal at the Dauphiné.”
On the finishing line, the new best time is set by Wilco Kelderman (RAB) in 1.04.37 at the average speed of 49.67km/h. The two youngest riders occupy the first two positions now. Durbridge stands at 12 seconds. He has led the race for two hours and five minutes.
At km 18, Tony Martin (OPQ) is four seconds slower than his team-mate Sylvain Chavanel.
New best time so far after 18km: Chavanel (OPQ) with 20.21, it’s 14 sec. faster than Kelderman.
Before the passage of the last ten riders, the standings at km 18 are:
1. Kelderman, 20.35
2. LL Sanchez, at 0.04
3. Amador, at 0.10
4. Rogers, at 0.15
5. Millar, at 0.29
Cadel Evans (BMC), just like Vincenzo Nibali previously, has lost his water bottle.
At the second time check, Wilco Kelderman (RAB) also has the best time: 49.27. It’s 21 seconds faster than Durbridge.
Bradley Wiggins (SKY) is on the road now.
Andy Schleck talked to our estimated colleague Fabrice Rigobert from France Info radio: I had started well but there has been some wind afterwards and it took me down in a curve. Honestly, I’ve lost everything there, in my mind but also because of the injury. I didn’t have a good time trial position after that. This is a day to be forgotten. Sometimes, this is it. In previous years, I’ve been behind schedule at the Tour de Suisse and I was still up there at the Tour de France. Therefore, I’m not worried at all for the Tour.”
Denis Menchov (KAT) has crossed the finishing line with the fifth best time so far.
1. Durbridge, 1.04.49
2. Siutsou, at 0.51
3. Boasson Hagen, at 1.01
4. Grabsch, at 1.32
5. Menchov, at 1.35
World champion Tony Martin has just started.
A new fastest time after 18km has been recorded: Wilco Kelderman (RAB) in 20.35, which is 15 seconds faster than Durbridge.
At the second time check, Konstantin Siutsou (SKY) has ridden seven seconds faster than his team-mate Edvald Boasson Hagen, 28 seconds down on Durbridge.
Top riders Janez Brajkovic (AST, Michael Rogers (SKY), Vincenzo Nibali (LIQ) and David Millar (GRM) are on the road now. The last ten riders are about to start in Villié-Morgon.
At the first time check, Tejay van Garderen (BMC) has the second best time so far, only 4 seconds down on Luke Durbridge. Vassil Kiriyenka (MOV) is third at 7 seconds.
RadioShack directeur sportif Johan Bruyneel told reporters about Andy Schleck’s crash: “There was a lot of wind. Andy crashed in a curve going to the right. The wind blew him away. He went back on his bike straight away but he got a flat tyre five or six kilometers further and had to use a reserve bike. He had started pretty well but his confidence was destroyed by the crash. So he reached the finishing line only with the aim of not crashing. I don’t know yet how his wrist is. We have to figure out the consequence of this crash. Andy is disappointed. He wanted to do a time trial against himself, not against the others. It’s pure bad luck.”
Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY) also has the second best time after Luke Durbridge on the finishing line: 1.05.50. He’s at 1.01.
Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY) has set the best time at the second check point. He’s 35 seconds down on Durbridge.
With 50 riders having passed the finishing line, Eritrean Daniel Teklehaimanot (OGE) has clocked the sixth best time in 1.07.30. The top 5 so far is:
1. Durbridge, 1.04.49
2. Grabsch, at 1.32
3. Roux, at 1.35
4. Westra, at 1.45
5. Tjallingii, at 2.00
Luke Durbridge talked to letour.fr: “For my first time that I engaged myself in such a long effort, I did pretty well. I rode on the edge all the way. Maybe I went too slow. I didn’t run out of legs and I almost crashed in the last curve. I might have gone a little bit too conservative at the start. I was a bit scared of how long it was. The last three days have been really tough for me. I’ve been suffering just to hold in the peloton. I had to dig really deep just to keep going. Today is the biggest test of all time trials we’ve done for the Australian Olympic selection. After that, I guess the selectors will decide if I go to London or not but sometimes I’m not sure if it’s fair because riding three days in the Dauphiné isn’t what you do before the Olympic race. There’s obviously some fatigue now but it’s up to the selectors to decide.”
Andy Schleck has crashed after passing the first time check at km 18 where he passed in 23.00, which is 2.10 slower than Luke Durbridge. He went back on his bike straight away.
After the passage of the first 20 riders on the finishing line, the top 5 so far is:
1. Durbridge, 1.04.49
2. Tjallingii, at 2.00
3. Meyer, at 3.00
4. Rosseler, at 3.26
5. Pate, at 5.46
Maarten Tjallingii (RAB) has crossed the line with the second best time so far, exactly 2 minutes down on Durbridge.
Luke Durbridge has clocked 1.04.49, at an average speed of 49.52km/h.
Luke Durbridge (OGE) holds the best time at the two time checks so far. He’s awaited at Bourg-en-Bresse anytime soon. His team-mate and compatriot Travis Meyer has the best time on the line so far in 1.07.49.
Once the 40th rider has passed the first time check at km 18, the top 5 is:
1. Durbirdge, 20.50
2. Westra, at 0.13
3. Roux, at 0.21
4. Tjallingii, at 0.29
5. Grabsch, at 0.32
Luke Durbridge, the winner of the prologue in Grenoble, has set a new best time after 18km: 20.50.That’s 37 seconds faster than Rosseler.
Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ), seventh on GC, talked to letour.fr after riding the course this morning: “I’ve just done it”, the Frenchman said. “There’s a crazy wind. Sometimes it blows on our back, sometimes it’s three-quarter headwind! As everyone else, I haven’t ridden such a long time trial this year yet. I know it’s gonna be a hard day but I’ll give everything. It’s going to be hard for everyone. I’ve with Tony Martin, there’s nothing to signal, he’s not injured [after crashing and hurting his right elbow and thigh yesterday]. I’d like him to be the winner. For the fight on GC, I have the impression that Wiggins is more of a specialist than Evans and he’s faster.”
For one second over Travis Meyer (OGE), Sébastien Rosseler (GRM) has the new best time after 18km.
Samuel Sanchez (EUS) who courageously continues the Dauphiné despite suffering from injured ribs since stage 1, has clocked the first 18km almost one minute slower than Travis Meyer: he’s at 53 seconds.
Ricardo Garcia (EUS) who crashed on two occasions yesterday, including in the final sprint, hasn’t taken the start today.
Even though he was the third starter, Travis Meyer (OGE) has passed first at time check point number 1 with the time of 21.28. After 18km, he has already overtaken Arnaud Gérard and Dan Martin.
Yesterday’s winner Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY) spoke exclusively to letour.fr at the end of his reconnaissance of the course in Bourg-en-Bresse. “I’ve done the first part in a car and the last twenty kilometers on my time trial bike”, said the Norwegian champion for time trial. “It’s up and down all the way. I don’t rate this course as too technical. On the bike, I could feel a strong three-quarter tail wind. It’s going to be very fast. I believe the conditions are perfect for Bradley [Wiggins] over the other GC contenders. For the stage win, it looks very good for Tony [Martin] too.”
There are two time checks today: at km 18 and km 40.5.
A former French champion for individual time trial in 1998 and 1999, Gilles Maignan has chosen the course of today’s stage from Villié-Morgon to Bourg-en-Bresse. After reconnoitre the route one more time this morning, he detailed its characteristics for letour.fr: “The first ten kilometers in the area of the Beaujolais are pretty undulating”, he said. “Then it’s mostly made of long straight false flat roads. This morning, we’ve realized that the wind was blowing strongly, often three-quarters on the back of the riders. According to the weather forecast we got, the wind is likely to be a bit stronger but its direction might also change. I believe this time trial can be won around 49km/h, but it depends on the wind conditions when the last riders will take off. Compared to the last time trial of Chartres at the Tour de France this year, it’s about the same distance but today’s route is a bit more undulating and less straight forward.”
As the leader of the Dauphiné since the end of stage 1, Bradley Wiggins (SKY) will wear the yellow-blue skinsuit on the starting ramp at 15.15. He’s got one second lead over Cadel Evans (BMC) and two seconds over Andriy Grivko (AST) and Carlos Barredo (RAB).
Starting at 14.39, Tony Gallopin (RNT) will ride in green as he took the command of the points classification after coming sixth in stage 3 to La Clayette yesterday. Gallopin is also the best young rider.
The first distinctive skinsuit holder in action will be King of the Mountains Giovanni Bernaudeau (EUC) at 12.13.
The first rider to start the time trial will be Arnaud Gérard (FDJ) at 12.04. He’ll be followed by Dan Martin (GRM) at 12.05 and Travis Meyer (OGE) at 12.06. Riders will start every minute, except the last twenty who will be separated by two minutes each.
Welcome to the live coverage of stage 4 of the 64th Critérium du Dauphiné. It’s a crucial stage today: a 53.5km individual time trial from Villié-Morgon in the wine producing area of the Beaujolais to Bourg-en-Bresse, prefecture of the Ain.