Sky's Wout Poels takes Tirreno-Adriatico stage four win and overall lead

Final climb proves decisive as Wout Poels breaks clear

Wouter Poels wins Stage 4 of the 2015 Tirreno-Adriatico (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Team Sky’s Wout Poels took overall lead of the Tirreno-Adriatico after winning stage four with a strong attack on the final climb.

Having broken clear at the top of the three-kilometre Crispiero, Poels held off the chasing peloton in the fast-paced descent to win solo. Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quickstep) won the sprint for second ahead of Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) as the chasing group finished 15 seconds behind.

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.