Baloise Belgium Tour Stage 4: OPQS Achieves Goal of Keeping Martin in Red
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team already won three stages at Baloise Belgium Tour. At the 184km 4th Stage on Saturday, the main goal was to keep Tony Martin, two-time defending champion of the race, in the red jersey as race leader.
The goal of the day was accomplished. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) won the bunch sprint, with Roman Maikin (RusVelo) 2nd and Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) 3rd.
The goal, however, was far from easy. OPQS worked hard on the front chasing down the original breakaway, and then neutralizing several late race attacks from riders such as Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano) and Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling), who are 2nd and 3rd in the GC.
Boonen was the top finisher, in 45th place. He relinquished the points jersey to Gilbert by a point.
OPQS looks next to the final, 178.7km Stage 5 on Sunday. The two-lap stage will be another challenge, as there are six climbs each lap, including the Mur de Huy. The stage descends into the finish.