Stage 4 of the Critérium du Dauphiné saw the riders attack a 23.5km time trial. Thomas De Gendt started as the race leader with a 1’09” lead on the GC contenders. He finished the time trial in ninth place in a superb time of 28’49”, which means that he keeps the yellow jersey with an advantage of 27 seconds on Richie Porte, who won the stage. Porte completed the 23.5 kilometres between La Tour-du-Pin and Bourgoin-Jallieu in 28’07”. Tony Martin and Alejandro Valverde concluded the podium on twelve and twenty-four seconds, respectively. De Gendt also stays on top in the mountains classification.
Thomas De Gendt: “I took some extra risks in the corners compared to other time trials, but this still is a result that you can expect from me. During the time trial, I was completely focused on my own race and on riding the ideal line. At that moment, I was not thinking of the fact that I was wearing the yellow jersey. That was only before the race. It’s a very special feeling to start as the final rider in a race of this calibre.”
“The scenario of tomorrow’s stage will be similar to the previous days. We will keep the gap as small as possible when someone in the breakaway forms a threat for the GC, but in any other circumstance, it’s up to the sprint teams. Tomorrow will be the last chance for the sprinters anyway and I don’t think they will let that chance go to waste. I will probably lose the yellow jersey on Friday, but I will give everything I have on the climbs. I am not thinking about the KOM jersey anymore. Koen Bouwman is following closely in the classification and he might take the jersey tomorrow. I could try to go in a breakaway on Saturday or Sunday, but winning the KOM jersey will be hard. My Dauphiné has already been a success.”