Sir Bradley Wiggins appears deep in thought before stage four
Welsh rider Luke Rowe retained his position in the white jersey of best young rider, and Adam Blythe (behind) placed fourth in the stage’s sprint
Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kritstoff (Katusha) took his second stage win in the 2015 Tour of Qatar, narrowly beating Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) to the line in Mesaieed after 165km of racing on stage four.
The racing was slightly more subdued in comparison to the opening two days of the race, with some riders possibly suffering from fatigue after the previous day’s time trial. The stiff headwind didn’t help matters.
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Race leader Niki Terpstra’s Etixx-QuickStep team were once again visible on the front of the peloton, chasing down the day’s escape group
Time trial stage winner Niki Terpstra (Etixx-QuickStep) retained his overall lead, although he was one of a number of riders caught in a group that came home five seconds adrift of Kristoff.
Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff-Saxo) is now just six second behind Terpstra overall, with British rider Ian Stannard (Sky) in third at 12 seconds.
The race concludes on Friday, February 13.
Jaco Venter leads an escape group
Definitely not the Tour of Britain
Marcel Kittel gets a push
Oleg Tinkov with Peter Sagan
Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) looks to his left, out of shot is Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) who placed a close second
Canadian champion Svein Tuft on stage four
Australians Leigh Howard and Brett Lancaster of Orica-GreenEdge have a chat during the stage
Boy Van Poppel (Trek) grits his teeth
Sky’s Danny Pate has played a solid support role for team-mates Ian Stannard and Luke Rowe, both of whom are in the top 10 overall