Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) stopped the clock at 18:51 - some six seconds faster than Schachmann - to claim a first professional time trial win of his career and move up to second in the GC, some 58 seconds in arrears of the Bora-Hansgrohe rider.

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The German champion is now firmly in control of the 78th edition of the Race to the Sun, with Vincenzo Nibali (Trek–Segafredo) in arrears to the tune of 01:18, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) at 02:04 and Nairo Quintana (Arkéa–Samsic) a further 34 seconds back at 02:34.

"I'm super happy. To be honest, it's a big relief and it finally came my first TT victory. so I am really happy," said Kragh Andersen after the race.

"It is super. I almost can't believe it, but I was really aiming for it - and I did my best and my legs were good, so I am really happy."

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Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quickstep), fresh from winning Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne a little over a week ago, made up the podium after finishing with a time of 19:03.

STAGE 4 RESULT

  • 1 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb 00:18:51
  • 2 Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 00:00:06
  • 3 Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-Quickstep 00:00:12
  • 4 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 00:00:13
  • 5 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 00:00:15
  • 6 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) NTT Pro Cycling 00:00:17
  • 7 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 00:00:18
  • 8 Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 00:00:26
  • 9 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ 00:00:27

GC STANDINGS

  • 1 Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 13:30:58
  • 2 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb 00:00:58
  • 3 Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 00:01:01
  • 4 Nils Politt (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation 00:01:05
  • 5 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Pro Cycling 00:01:06
  • 6 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain McLaren 00:01:10
  • 7 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Team Sunweb 00:01:11
  • 8 Mads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Israel Start-Up Nation
  • 9 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling 00:01:15
  • 10 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 00:01
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