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Groenewegen wins Stage 4

Dylan Groenewegen

Dylan Groenewegen, by Jeremy-Gunther-Heinz Jahnick, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Dutch national champion Dylan Groenewegen of Lotto Jumbo won Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain in Builth Wells.

The race came back together before the end, and as the riders entered the Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground, Groenewegen was led out by his teammate Tom Leezer. It was the right option to be at the front of the race early, because there was a series of tight corners to negotiate. After the final bend, Groenewegen began his sprint, slightly uphill to the line. Dan McLay came alongside him, but was unable to get past.

This video shows the final kilometres of Stage 4:

CyclingNews has a full report and results.

Stage 4, Tour of Britain 2016

North Wales Hospital, Denbigh

North Wales Hospital, Denbigh, by Robin Hickmott, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain 2016 is 217km (which makes it the longest stage of the race) from Denbigh to Builth Wells. It heads from north to south in Wales.

Stage 4, Tour of Britain 2016: route map

Stage 4, Tour of Britain 2016: stage profile and timings

Profile of Stage 4, Tour of Britain 2016

Profile of Stage 4, Tour of Britain 2016, © Tour of Britain

These are the estimated timings and detailed route of Stage 4.

Stage 4, Tour of Britain 2016: the start in Denbigh

North Wales Hospital, Denbigh

North Wales Hospital, Denbigh, by Robin Hickmott, Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain 2016 starts in High Street, Denbigh.

The riders roll out on Bridge Street, Smithfield Road, B4501 (past North Wales Hospital), Ystrad Road, and A543. That's the neutralised section. The flag goes down and the racing starts on the A543 Mold Road, near Denbigh Gliding.

The race follows the A543 north east across the Vale of Clwyd, and the A541 into the Clwydian Range. The A541 curves round to head south east to Mold.

Stage 4, Tour of Britain 2016: the sprint at Mold

The riders come into Mold on the A541 Denbigh Road, then fork right on the A5119, and left on Wrexham Street B5444. The first intermediate sprint of the stage is on the B5444 near Broncoed Park.

The race continues south east from Mold, then south west towards the first categorised climb on the stage.

Stage 4, Tour of Britain 2016: the climb at Rhydtalog (Category 3)

The riders pass through Pontyblyddyn, then fork right on the A5104. The climb starts after 28.7km. The riders go through Coed Talon, and reach the top after 31.3km, just short of Rhydtalog, at an altitude of about 300m.

They continue south west on the A5104. They join the A494 then the A5, and cross the river Dee, before taking the B4401 to Llandrillo. After that, they're on the B4391 towards the next climb.

Stage 4, Tour of Britain 2016: the climb of Bwlch-y-Safan (Category 2)

The next climb begins at km74, and the top is at km79.2, at a height of about 470m. There's a fast and technical descent.

The race goes via Llangynog to Penybontfawr. From there, it's on the B4396 to Hirnant and Abertridwr, then the B4393, then the B4395 to Llwydiarth. The riders cross the river Vyrnwy, and begin the next climb.

Stage 4, Tour of Britain 2016: the climb at Dyfant Forest (Category 2)

Dyfant Forest

Dyfant Forest, by Oliver Dixon, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The Dyfant Forest climb starts at km112.3, and reaches the summit at km115.2, at a height of about 300m.

Stage 4, Tour of Britain 2016: the sprint at Foel

The race turns right on the A458, and there's an intermediate sprint after 122km, at Foel (near the Dyffryn Café). 

It continues on the A458 to Cwm-Cewydd, on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park. At the Brigand's Inn, it heads south on the A470, then east (still on the A470) to Llanbryn-mair. There, the riders take the B4518 south to Pennant, Pont Crugnant, and Penffordd Las. They pass the Llyn Clywedog reservoir on the way to Llanidloes. Then it's on to Tylwch, Pant-y-dwr, St Harmon, and Rhayader.

From Rayader, the race is back on the A470, following the river Wye.

Stage 4, Tour of Britain 2016: the sprint at Newbridge-on-Wye

Newbridge-on-Wye

Newbridge-on-Wye, by Stephen McKay, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The A470 leads to Newbridge-on-Wye, where there's an intermediate sprint, after 210.1km of racing. The line is in front of All Saints church.

Stage 4, Tour of Britain 2016: the finish at Builth Wells

Welsh black bull, bronze statue, Builth Wells

Welsh black bull, bronze statue, Builth Wells, by Darren Wyn Rees, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

After the sprint at Newbridge, the race stays on the A470, heading south to the finish at Builth Wells.

The riders arrive on the edge of Builth Wells on the A470. They stay on the north side of the river Wye, rather than crossing the river and going into the village. The race route turns sharp left off the A470, into the grounds of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society. There's a right turn, then another sharp left turn to the finish line.

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Stage 5, Tour of Britain 2016

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Stage 4,Tour of Britain 2016: painted bikes in Builth Wells

In advance of Stage 4, donated old bicycles have been painted and placed around Builth Wells. The Mayor said, 'As a community, we are so looking forward to this very important event arriving in the area, and extend a warm welcome to the competitors, crew, and spectators. We hope you all enjoy the short time spent in our town, and that you will decide to visit us again in the future.'

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