Stage Four |UCI 2.1 | 6 May
The final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire was nicknamed “The Yorkshire Terrier” due to the tough terrain that greeted the riders on the 189.5km course between Halifax & Leeds. Within 5km a break of three had been established including Hayden McCormick, however several teams decided that they weren’t happy with the composition and over the next hour the peloton was frantic as several groups tried to breakaway to no avail. Finally the elastic snapped and two riders went clear, quickly a chasing group of 15 formed including Tom Baylis.
The peloton settled down ready to prepare for the terrain later in the stage, but not long afterwards Stephane Rossetto of Cofidis went solo at the front and built up a lead of 8 minutes which would be enough to see him win the stage.
Back in the peloton the GC battle was well underway and once again Karol Domagalski and James Oram sought to make their mark on the GC ably assisted by Hayden McCormick who himself found himself clear in several small groups.
As the race entered Leeds, Domagalski slid himself into the 2nd main group on the road to finish 20th on the stage and move himself up to 15th on GC.
Looking back on the four days Team Principal Matt Winston commented, “I am very happy with the four days here in Yorkshire, the team performed really well as a unit and we showed we were one of the strongest teams in the race. Tom Baylis rode a great race in his debut but the other six riders in the team all added to the strong showing.”