- Today, it was my goal to stay in the first group as long as possible so I could fight for the GC, but at the end I was in a group with two riders of the same team and I was not able to respond on every attack they made. So, at the end I had to let them go and I finished sixth in a group behind them. I gave everything I had, so I cannot blame myself, but of course I hoped for more today,- told Andriy Grivko.
A very hot and challenging stage 4 for the riders at Baloise Belgium Tour, starting and finishing in the city of Wanze (154.1 kilometers, including twelve climbs). At the first passage of Mur de Huy, the breakaway of 21 riders was created, including our Andriy Grivko and Magnus Cort. After some more climbs, the second time climbing Mur de Huy was decisive for today’s stage, as only a select group of riders remained from the initial breakaway, with from Astana Pro Team still Grivko in the group.
But with teammates Jens Keukeleire and Jelle Vanendert together, it was a hard final 30 kilometers for Andriy Grivko. He responded on several attacks, but was not able anymore to respond one more time as a group of three riders (including Keukeleire and Vanendert) took off. At the finish it was Vanendert who took the stage victory, Keukeleire finished second and is the new GC leader. After an impressive race, Andriy Grivko finished sixth.
Tomorrow is the final stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour, a 157.7 kilometers from Landen to Tongeren.
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