A great win for Marco Haller in the fourth stage of the last World Tour competition, “Tour of Beijing”: Katusha Team’s young Austrian rider, 21 years old, managed to defeat all the rivals at the final sprint with a powerful rush. The Russian Team wanted to be protagonist since the beginning of the stage, when Timofey Kritskiy joined the daily breakaway together with Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp), Jeremy Roy (FDJ-BigMat), Alex Dowsett (Sky) and Mitchell Docker (Orica-GreenEdge). The five-man group managed to reach a highest gap of 6′ over the chasing group and proceeded together until the first mountain part, placed with 50 kilometers to go, when Roy tried his luck with a solo-attack. As the stage approached the finishing line, all the riders from the breakaway were caught by the group: the last one to give up was Roy, whose attack was neutralized with 6 kilometers to go. With the group in lock step the teams of the fast finishers started their work, especially Lampre-ISD for Alessandro Petacchi: but the Italian rider was taken by surprise by the great sprint of Haller, which took his first World Tour victory. Petacchi took the second position, while Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) completed the podium. In general classification, Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) holds the leadership with just one stage to go.
“I’m unbelievably happy to win today, on an UCI World Tour event – Haller said – I never expected to beat riders like Viviani, Petacchi or Boasson Hagen. I had a very high speed and felt quite easy. While I was doing my rush, I was thinking that I had the chance to win, and I managed to. It was incredible!”.