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Greipel secures 15th Tour Down Under victory

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Andre Greipel sprinted to victory in stage four of the Tour Down Under to secure yet another win for the German.

Greipel crossed the line and celebrated his 15th Tour Down Under stage win but Cadel Evans still leads the general classification after finishing with the Peloton.

The Austrlian's lead was cut from 12 seconds to seven seconds though as two time champion Simon Gerrans picked up a total of five bonus points throughout the race.

Gerrans won the first intermediate sprint of the day to claim the maximum three seconds before finishing second in the second intermediate sprint to grab another two vital seconds.

According to Tour Down Under, the Australian said: "Today it went pretty well with the time bonus I was after.

"Our plan was to chase the first breakaway if it was within reach before the first intermediate sprint, and if not, we’d target the second.

"We eventually managed to do both. I’m pretty happy with that."

The only King of the Mountains climb at Myponga was won by Axel Domont, but the overall leader of the King of the Mountains, Adam Hansen, picked up four points to hold on to the green polka-dot jersey.

The race came together with just over half a kilometre to go when the last breakaway group were caught.

Greipel's lead out train got themselves into position and the Lotto Belisol rider did the rest. The German crossed the line in a time of three hours, 33 minutes and seven seconds, just ahead of fellow team-mate Jurgen Roelandts.

"We finished first and second and it shows it was a real team effort," Greipel said.

"I think this was actually the first opportunity for the sprinters.

"I knew it would be open I knew about the crosswinds so the whole team was in front when we started. We deserved the win."

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