Geraint Thomas (Sky) won the stage four individual time trial at Bayern Rundfahrt on Saturday to take the overall race lead.
Thomas clocked 30 minutes and 48 seconds to better Jan Barta (NetApp-Endura) in second and Anton Vorobyev (Katusha) in third over the 25.5-kilometre route to take his first victory of 2014.
With only Sunday’s relatively flat final stage to negotiate, Thomas looks ideally placed to repeat his overall victory in the race from 2011.
Bayern-Rundfahrt 2014, stage four ITT
1. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky in 30-48
2. Jan Barta (Cze) NetApp-Endura at 3 secs
3. Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha at 4 secs
4. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky at 9 secs
5. Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing at 25 secs
Overall classification after stage four
1. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
2. Mathias Frank (Sui) IAM Cycling at 19 secs
3. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky at 35 secs
4. Leopold Konig (Cze) NetApp-Endura at 43 secs
5. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 1-10