Tour Down Under 2014: stage four – five observations

Andre Greipel conquers the crosswinds, leaving Marcel Kittel plenty to ponder

Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) proved he should never be written off, as he opened his 2014 account in style in stage four of the Tour Down Under.

The German champion benefitted from a superb lead-out in the crosswinds of Victor Harbour to power to a comfortable victory.

Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) and team-mate Jurgen Roelandts celebrate their one-two finish (pic: Sirotti)

With the winds, and the pace of Orica-GreenEDGE, causing havoc throughout the day it made for a great spectacle – despite predictions of a straight-forward sprinters’ stage beforehand.

And with the battle for the ochre jersey seemingly set to go to the wire, there is plenty to consider for any observers.

Read five of our observations from the day’s stage over the following pages, or catch-up on our thoughts so far here.

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