Jay McCarthy, 23, of Maryborough has claimed the Young Rider Jersey for the third time in the Santos Tour Down Under, after a strong performance in Stage Four in Adelaide today.
Reaching a top of 26 degrees, riders were spared a forecast drenching, instead battling through high humidity and strong winds as they took on the well-known Norton Summit Climb, before making their way to the coastal town of Victor Harbor.
At the 4km mark was the first attack of the day by Netherlands’ Lieuwe Westra, but by the 14km point the peloton was back together.
The first iiNet sprint was won by Australia’s Simon Gerrans, followed by McCarthy and Daryl Impey of South Africa.
The following sprint at Goolwa saw Australia’s Patrick Shaw in the lead, with no challenge from other riders.
But Gerrans was first to the arch at Victor Harbor, extending his overall lead in the Tour Down Under to 14 seconds after taking out Stage 4.
The win is his second after he outsprinted Rohan Dennis in Campbelltown yesterday.
Gerrans finished the 138km course in a time of 3:13:59, with McCarthy coming in fourth. As the fastest rider under 25-years-old, he scored the Young Rider Jersey – racking up the most Young Rider Jersey wins so far in this tournament.
Europcar Australia is a major partner of the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under, with passion for the sport at both a grassroots and elite level that has seen the company support the event for three years running.
This year Europcar is proud to be sponsoring the Santos Tour Down Under Young Riders Jersey, reflecting its commitment to the sport’s up-and-coming riders and the growth cycling domestically.
Tomorrow cyclists will take off on Stage Five of the Santos Tour Down Under. The day starts in McLaren Vale, before the peloton heads for the iconic Willunga Hill.
Be sure to return for daily updates and race results as riders tackle the course in the final two days of the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under.
Don’t miss this new stage of the Tour Down Under in the McLaren Vale and its famous wineries!