Bryan Coquard celebrates first WorldTour win as Jay Vine closes in on ochre jersey

Bryan Coquard won stage four of the Tour Down Under after going long into a headwind on an uphill drag that zapped rivals

WILLUNGA AUSTRALIA JANUARY 21 Bryan Coquard of France and Team Cofidis celebrates at finish line as stage winner during the 23rd Santos Tour Down Under 2023 Stage 4 a 1332km stage from Port Willunga to Willunga Township 138m TourDownUnder WorldTour on January 21 2023 in Willunga Australia Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Bryan Coquard celebrates winning stage four of the Tour Down Under.
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Ten years in the making, French sprinter Bryan Coquard celebrated his first WorldTour win, claiming stage four of the Tour Down Under as Jay Vine retained the overall lead. 

Coquard (Cofidis) took his chances on the uphill drag to the line in Willunga and went long, kicking first into a headwind to finish clear ahead of Alberto Bettiol (EF Education – EasyPost) and Hugo Page (Intermarche-Circus-Wanty) in a reduced bunch sprint. 

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.