Photos from stage four of the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under, won by Steele von Hoff. Pictures by Graham Watson

Steele von Hoff of the composite UniSA team snatched victory in the fourth stage of the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under on Friday.

Hoff took his first WorldTour win in an incident-packed bunch sprint finale, which saw a swathe of riders hit the hot tarmac in Adelaide.

Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge) placed second on the stage to move himself into fourth spot overall.

>>> Steele von Hoff wins Tour Down Under stage four (report/result)

British national champion Peter Kennaugh (Sky) flew the red, white and blue colours in the day’s escape group with Jack Bobridge (UniSA-Australia), Michael Hepburn (Orica-GreenEdge) and Cedric Pineau (FDJ). The quartet were caught by the chasing peloton within the final 25km.

Rohan Dennis (BMC) maintained the overall lead in the race from team-mate Cadel Evans. The pair will now face a stiff test on Saturday, with two ascents of the decisive Old Willunga Hill on the race’s penultimate stage.