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Austria (4): Degand top 20 on Fuscher Torl

Austria (4): Degand top 20 on Fuscher Torl

The fourth stage in the Tour of Austria (2.1, 6-12/7) was a short 103 kilometer mountain stage with a climb of first category and finishing on top of Fursher Torl, a climb hors category. The pace increased from the start of this final climb, Ben Hermans the strongest man on top after a tough battle. Thanks to his stage victory the Belgian rider is the new leader. Thomas Degand was the first Wanty-Gobert rider at 18th place. A 162 kilometer stage between Bruck and Kitzbühel is planned this Thursday.

Stage 4:
1. Ben Hermans
2. Ben O'Connor +0:06
3. Winner Anacona +0:09
18. Thomas Degand +3:32
27. Bart De Clercq +5:46
28. Marco Minnaard +6:33
85. Pieter Vanspeybrouck +20:48
91. Tom Devriendt +21:15

Provisional general classification:
1. Ben Hermans
2. Ben O'Connor +0:08
3. Winner Anacona +0:13
18. Thomas Degand +3:41
27. Bart De Clercq +5:56
29. Marco Minnaard +6:48
64. Pieter Vanspeybrouck +28:23
70. Tom Devriendt +32:54