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Paris-Nice Explodes

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Mar 12, 2015 – Sky rider Richie Porte of Australia won the 204km fourth stage of the Paris-Nice “Race to the Sun” on Thursday, edging out Welsh team-mate Geraint Thomas on the run-in at Croix-de-Chaubouret.

AFP/Kåre Dehlie Thorstad

World champion Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland regained the overall leader’s yellow jersey he relinquished only 24 hours earlier to Australian’s Michael Matthews.

Porte, the winner in 2013, and Thomas broke away over the final kilometre of the uphill finish and crossed the line, at an altitude of 1,201 metres, a full eight seconds clear of Kwiatkowski and Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang.

In the overall standings, Kwiatkowski leads Porte by just a second with Thomas also breathing down his neck, just two seconds further back. On Friday, the fifth stage takes the riders on a 192.5km ride from Saint-Etienne to Rasteau, on a day when there are few hill climbs to negotiate.

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Watch the Last 3.5kms of Stage 4

Results Stage 4
1. Richie Porte (AUS/SKY)5hr 18min 39sec
2. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) same time
3. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/ETI) at 8sec
4. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 08
5. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 17
6. Rui Costa (POR/LAM) 24
7. Tony Gallopin (FRA/LOT) 24
8. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 24
9. Rafael Valls (ESP/LAM) 24
10. Simon Spilak (SLO/KAT) 24