Coquard survives the echelons to win Tour Down Under stage 4

Bryan Coquard (Team Cofidis) upset the favorites to win stage four of the Tour Down Under in Willunga. Jay Vine (UAE Team Emirates) lost his KOM leaders jersey but retained his leader’s ocher jersey ahead of tomorrow’s finale around Mount Lofty. Coquard was 20 meters ahead of Stage 1 winner Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First-EasyPost) with Hugo Page (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) in third place at the conclusion of the wind swept stage. The 49th win of Coquard’s career was his first at WorldTour level and first for France at the Tour Down Under since Stéphane Bergès in 2000.

“I wait ten years for this win. I am very proud and happy for this win,” Coquard said after crossing the line. “I win a lot of lot of races but never at the WorldTour. I’m very, very happy.”

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