Fabio Jakobsen is still in the yellow jersey
Stage 4 of Tour de Hongrie ended in a spectacular sprint, Dylan Groenewegen from the Netherlands took the victory, ahead of his fellow Dutch Fabio Jakobsen. After four race days Jakobsen is still leading in the general classification.
At the start in Kazincbarcika we noted that one further rider, Norway's Syver Waersted (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) would be missing today as he had to withdraw from the race. However, despite of his injuries, TREK-Segafredo's Italian sprinter, Matteo Moschetti decided to continue. The stage-winner of 2018 Tour de Hongrie was involved in a crash happened on day 3, but he did not give up and was together with his teammates in the start line.
Peloton travelled 177km today in an uphill route with three GPMs and three intermediate sprints. There were several attacks just right after the official start, then a group with Aaron Van Poucke succeeded. The rider of Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, who is leading the climbers classification, with his three mates were in the breakaway. The Belgian won the second-category GPM in Farkaslyuk, then got the most points in both laps, in Tardona at the third-category GPM. With his success now he has quite an advantage in the KOM standing, on Sunday there is a chance for his rivals to catch Van Poucke, but it is expected that the Belgian will defend the special red jersey during the last stage.
There were four riders in the breakaway today, however the peloton did not let them to have big advantage in the front, the leaders were caught just 23km before the finish line. After this, we expected to see another battle of sprinters. The squad of Quick Step was in the front, 300m before the finish the last teammate left Jakobsen, but did not move in the right direction. The Dutch in the yellow jersey was uncertain for a moment, while his big rival, Dylan Groenewegen (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) could overtake him and won the 4th stage.
There is no change in the first position of the general classification, Fabio Jakobsen kept his first place.
Tour de Hongrie will end with the queen stage on Sunday. The peloton will travel 184km between Miskolc and Gyöngyös-Kékestető with an ascent of 2751m. So far sprinters were in the focus, but the victory will be decided on the way to the Kékes.