Paris-Nice stage four victory goes to Tom Jelte Slagter (Garmin-Sharp) as Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) takes over race lead in the 'Race to the Sun'

Geraint Thomas (Sky) has moved into the overall lead at Paris-Nice after finishing second on the fourth stage to Dutchman Tom Jelte Slagter (Garmin-Sharp).

The Welshman countered a move from Slagter on the short but steep final climb of the Cote du Mont Brouilly with 13km to race, and the pair held off the fast finishing remnants of the peloton by five seconds on the line in Belleville.

Slagter pipped Thomas to the line, but it is the Sky rider who now leads the classification by three seconds from previous yellow jersey holder John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano).

Thomas took over last minute leadership duties at Paris-Nice after defending champion Richie Porte swapped to race Tirreno-Adriatico following the late withdrawal of Chris Froome.

Thomas now has four more tough climbing stages to negotiate before the eight day race concludes this Sunday in Nice.

Results
Paris-Nice 2014, stage four: Nevers to Belleville, 200km
1. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin-Sharp in 5-00-09
2. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky at s.t.
3. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin at 5 secs
4. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
5. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
6. Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr
7. Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing
8. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar
9. Cyril Gautier (Fra) Europcar
10. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale all at s.t.

Overall classfication after stage four
1. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky in 18-14-25
2. John Degenkolb (Ger) Giant-Shimano at 3 secs
3. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin-Sharp at 4 secs
4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar at 8 secs
5. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 12 secs
6. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin at 15 secs
7. Carlos Betancur (Col) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 17 secs
8. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep at 19 secs
9. Cyril Gautier (Fra) Europcar
10. Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr all at s.t.

Jose Luis Herrada leads an escape on stage four of the 2014 Paris-Nice

Jose Luis Herrada leads an escape on stage four of the 2014 Paris-Nice

Tom Jelte-Slagter wins stage four of the 2014 Paris-Nice

Tom Jelte-Slagter wins stage four of the 2014 Paris-Nice

Geraint Thomas after stage four of the 2014 Paris-Nice

Geraint Thomas after stage four of the 2014 Paris-Nice

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