Tour of Normandy – Doull 3rd


Owain Doull is third on stage 4 of the Tour of Normandy with Scully & Doull both in the top 10 overall

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Tour of Normandy – Doull 3rd

In a bunch kick to decide stage 4 of the Tour of Normandy, Owain Doull was third behind Nicholas Vereecken and Jeremy Cornu.



The organisers of the Tour de Normandie proposed a novel route for this 4th stage. Indeed, the city of L’Aigle had never hosted the event, so that on arrival in Bagnoles de l’Orne, the final circuit was modified with a finish at the top of a hill 800 meters long.

After 40 kilometres, the first breakaway of the day emerged with six riders Arnaud Descamps (VC Rouen), Ivan Garcia Cortina (AWT Greenway), Andres Vangstad (Team Sparbanken Sor), Michael Northey (Madison Genesis), Alistair Slater (An Post Chain Reacton) and Taco Van Der Hoorn (Cycling Team De Rijke).



On the approach to the city for the finale the peloton accelerated as teammates of the Tour de Normandie 2015 leader, Dimitri Claeys (Verandas Willems) started to roll at the front along with Team Joker. The lead of the break started to melt quickly with 35 km to go.

With the peloton together hasing full gas, two riders held them off until 5k to go. The yellow jersey Dimitri Claeys then thought the best form of defense was attack and he lined out the peloton with splits starts to open up. It was too early though and the lined out group contested the sprint for the stage won by Vereecken.

As well as Doull in third, Tom Scully was 7th and overall British teams have riders in fourth (Scully, Madison Genesis) and ninth (Owain Doull, Team Wiggins).


Photo:  – Team Wiggins with Jon Dibben forcing the tempo.


Mike Northey of Madison Genesis working alongside Ali Slater (An Post) in the stages break. Photo: 

Roger Hammond, Team Manager of Madison Genesis “That was a great ride by Mike, they really put the leaders under pressure. It’s such a pity the leaders got so much help chasing behind but more disappointing was the self-destruct attack upfront. Why the De Ryke rider thought he was better alone than with six when they were losing time anyway I will never work out! In the end it was a great team performance, with the others finishing off what Mike had started and pulling a few of those all-important seconds back.”

1. Nicholas Vereecken Team 3M
2. Jeremy Cornu Veendee
3. Owain Doull, Wiggins
4. Tom Bohli, BMC

7. Tom Scully, Madison Genesis
23. Mark Christian, Wiggins
38. Alex Peters, SEG Racing
46. Richard Handley, JLT Condor
49. Andy Tennant, Wiggins
50. Tom Stewart, Madison Genesis
58. Harry Tanfield, JLT Condor
59. Kristian House, JLT Condor
62. Elliot Porter, 3M
74. Jake Tanner, 3M
77. Mark McNally, Madison Genesis
86. Ryan Mullen, An Post
88. Dominic Jelfs, Madison Genesis

1. Dimitri Claeys, Vernadas

4. Tom Scully, Madison Genesis
9. Owain Doull, Wiggins
11. Alex Peters, SEG
19. Tom Stewart, Madison Genesis

2. Mike Northey, Madison Genesis
6. Jake Tanner, 3M

2. Madison Genesis
4. team Wiggins

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