Team Sky's Wout Poels time trials to Paris-Nice stage four victory and to within 15 seconds of race lead

Luis Leon Sanchez holds on to yellow jersey with seventh place finish

Wout Poels won stage four's time trial at Paris-Nice

(Image credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Wout Poels (Team Sky) moved to within 15 seconds of the overall race lead at Paris-Nice with a superb time trial win on stage four of the Race to the Sun.

Not noted for his time trialling, Poels made use of the uphill first half of the 18.4km course to set the fastest time of the day at the intermediate time check, and only extended his advantage on the run to the line to win the stage by 11 seconds over Marc Soler (Movistar) and 16 seconds over Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors).

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.