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BMC’s Man in the break – Thomas Frei grabs himself a full mussette (Photo Georges Luechinger BMC Racing Team Media Service)
BMC’s Man in the break – Thomas Frei grabs himself a full mussette (Photo Georges Luechinger BMC Racing Team Media Service)

149.5 windy kilometers

22. January 2010

Goolwa

Following the extreme heat which greatly challenged the riders on Thursday, the wind became the dominant climatic factor in Friday’s stage four. 

“I really cannot remember ever having competed in an Australian race under such adverse weather conditions,” World Champion Cade Evans said after arriving in Goolwa with the same time as the stage winner and race leader Andre Greipel.  The riders covered the 149.5 windy kilometers in three and a half hours.

Thomas Frei tests his form
The BMC Racing Team put in another strong performance during the fourth stage.  The man of the day for the team was Thomas Frei who slipped himself into a strong break.  The Swiss rider who celebrated his 25th birthday three days ago found a good breakaway group right from the start of the day.  “I saw that right from the beginning five riders were getting away, so I chased hard for five kilometers so that I could bridge up to them.  We were always riding on the limit since the field did not want to give us too much of a lead.  From this effort I see that my winter preparations have gone well and so I am very content with today’s performance,” Frei explained after the hard stage.  He now hopes that he will recover sufficiently to help the team leader Evans in Saturday’s difficult stage.