Geraint Thomas leads Paris-Nice after stage four

Paris-Nice stage four victory goes to Tom Jelte Slagter (Garmin-Sharp) as Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) takes over race lead in the 'Race to the Sun'

Tom Jelte-Slagter escapes with Geraint Thomas on stage four of the 2014 Paris-Nice

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Geraint Thomas (Sky) has moved into the overall lead at Paris-Nice after finishing second on the fourth stage to Dutchman Tom Jelte Slagter (Garmin-Sharp).

The Welshman countered a move from Slagter on the short but steep final climb of the Cote du Mont Brouilly with 13km to race, and the pair held off the fast finishing remnants of the peloton by five seconds on the line in Belleville.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.