Stephane Rossetto from the team of CC Nogent sur Oise became the winner of stage 4 of Circuit des Ardennes (cat. UCI 2.2). Marek Rutkiewicz maintained his leading in the general classification of the race and he became its winner.
During the last, fourth, stage of the Circuit des Ardennes race the contestants rode a route of 116 kilometres, which led from Chaleville to Sedan. Like the previous stages, this one also led in a much hilly area, where the riders among others won points at four climbs.
Entering the last phase of the French stage race the riders of CCC Polkowice had one, most important task to do – to maintain the jersey of the leader, which was worn by Marek Rutkiewicz after the very successful team time trial in the morning. The task set by the sporting director of the team Robert Krajewski was handled by the team with a lot of care and from the very start it was the CCC Polsat Polkowice team that set the pace in the peloton, eliminating each dangerous break-away.
Despite riding very carefully and controlling the pace constantly, after riding the half of the distance a group of ten riders managed to ride out of the peloton. That group managed to gain a lead at one time reaching 2 minutes, which threatened the position of Marka Rutkiewicza. And again the team of CCC Polsat Polkowice got down to hard work, which reduced the break-away’s lead to about 1 minute and controlled for the lead not to increase.
In the final kilometres before the finishing line, out of the escaping ten riders the rider of CC Nogent s/Oise, Stephane Rossetto attacked on his own, and it was him that the first one crossed the finishing line in Sedan, becoming the winner of stage 4.
The peloton managed to catch up with the other escapees and they crossed the finishing line in small groups. 17 seconds behind the winner a group of nine riders arrived, among them Marek Rutkiewicz, which meant that he maintained the leader’s jersey and thus he became the winner of the race.
The results of stage 4
1. Stéphane Rossetto (CC Nogent s/ Oise) 2:49:05
2. Russel Downing (Endura Racing) 0:17
3. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Belisol U23)
6. Marek Rutkiewicz
76. Adrian Honkisz 2:02
87. Bartłomiej Matysiak 2:34
88. Mateusz Taciak 2:42
91. Paweł Charucki 3:23
92. Nikolay Mihaylov
The general classification of the race:
1. Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Polsat Polkowice)
2. Russel Downing (Endura Racing) 0:04
3. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Itera Katiusza) 0:19
45. Adrian Honkisz 3:53
47. Bartłomiej Matysiak 4:23
48. Mateusz Taciak 4:33
50. Nikolay Mihaylov 5:14
51. Paweł Charucki 5:14