Photos from the fourth stage of the 2015 Tour of Qatar, which ended in a bunch sprint won by Alexander Kristoff. Photos by Graham Watson

Bradley Wiggins before stage four of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Sir Bradley Wiggins appears deep in thought before stage four

Luke Rowe and Adam Blythe on stage four of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Welsh rider Luke Rowe retained his position in the white jersey of best young rider, and Adam Blythe (behind) placed fourth in the stage’s sprint

Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kritstoff (Katusha) took his second stage win in the 2015 Tour of Qatar, narrowly beating Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) to the line in Mesaieed after 165km of racing on stage four.

The racing was slightly more subdued in comparison to the opening two days of the race, with some riders possibly suffering from fatigue after the previous day’s time trial. The stiff headwind didn’t help matters.

>>> Alexander Kristoff wins Tour of Qatar stage four (report/results)

The Etixx team chases on stage four of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Race leader Niki Terpstra’s Etixx-QuickStep team were once again visible on the front of the peloton, chasing down the day’s escape group

Time trial stage winner Niki Terpstra (Etixx-QuickStep) retained his overall lead, although he was one of a number of riders caught in a group that came home five seconds adrift of Kristoff.

Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff-Saxo) is now just six second behind Terpstra overall, with British rider Ian Stannard (Sky) in third at 12 seconds.

The race concludes on Friday, February 13.

Jaco Venter leads an escape on stage four of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Jaco Venter leads an escape group

The peloton on stage four of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Definitely not the Tour of Britain

Marcel Kittel on stage four of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Marcel Kittel gets a push

Oleg Tinkov with Peter Sagan on stage four of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Oleg Tinkov with Peter Sagan

Alexander Kristoff wins stage four of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) looks to his left, out of shot is Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) who placed a close second

Svein Tuft on stage four of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Canadian champion Svein Tuft on stage four

Leigh Howard and Brett Lancaster on stage four of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Australians Leigh Howard and Brett Lancaster of Orica-GreenEdge have a chat during the stage

Boy Van Poppel on stage four of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Boy Van Poppel (Trek) grits his teeth

Danny Pate on stage four of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Sky’s Danny Pate has played a solid support role for team-mates Ian Stannard and Luke Rowe, both of whom are in the top 10 overall