September 4, 2013 (Mongolia) – Stage Four of the GENCO Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea began from the camp at 2000 meters in the Khan Khentii Mountains and ended in the Berkh Mountain along the Kherlen River. The track conditions were dry and fast and a tail wind followed the racers most of the day. Welcome conditions from the wet, muddy condition of the Stage 3. The race organizers choose to abbreviate the stage from the original 175 kilometres to 95 kilometres due to the logistical challenges the athletes were required to endure during the transfer in the afternoon of Stage Three which was cancelled after the 40 kilometre mark due to high river levels.
The Men’s race continued to involve a number of strong athletes. The lead pack consisting of Wallace (Kona), Turner (Jamis), Sager (Jamis), Frendo (Oyu Tolgoi), Ortiz (Selle SMP) and the Mongolian rider, Altanzol Altansukh (Genco Tour Bureau). The top three places came down to a sprint with Sager taking the stage followed closely by Frendo and Turner.
The Men’s GC results after Stage Four have Wallace in the lead with Ortiz 6:43 minutes back and Frendo 9:57 back.
In the women’s race Williamson’s road racing pedigree proved valuable as she was able to stay in the peloton with the higher end of the men’s field and add to her lead over Looney, Greene and Douglas.
The Women’s GC remains Williamson(Bizhub-Energas), Looney (Topeak Ergon) and Greene (Endura NZ) respectively.
Photos by Erik Peterson and Christen Dybenko