Wout Van Aert wins Time Trial as Adam Yates Takes Race Lead

British rider Adam Yates moved in to the overall lead at the Criterium du Dauphine, Wout VanAert was fastest

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome was blown into a wall by a gust of wind and suffered a fracture of the femur.

The time trial was won by Belgian Jumbo rider Wout Van Aert in 33min 38sec, ahead of American Tejay Van Garderen at 31s with Dutchman Tom Dumoulin in third at 47s.

"It's a first WorldTour race win. I can't believe it," said Van Aert, who is ninth in the overall standings at 30sec.

"I didn't know it was possible to win on this level so I'm super happy," said the 24-year-old former cyclo-cross champion who has come second on two previous stages here.

Yates, 26, actually finished sixth on the day to claim the yellow jersey in a race where he came second last year.

"That was a good time and a good day for me," said Yates, who will race the Tour de France.

"We have one sprint stage tomorrow, so hopefully the sprint teams will help us control, and then it's straight to the mountains," he said of the eight day route that finishes with two major days of climbing this weekend.

"We're in the jersey now and hopefully we can hold it all the way to the end."

Yates leads overnight leader Dylan Teuns by just four seconds, Van Garderen is third at 6sec while Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang of Astana is just 7sec back.

France's Thibaut Pinot in sixth at 25s and Nairo Quintana of Colombia in 10th at 40s, stand out as potential eventual winners too.

Thursday's fifth stage is a 201km ride through flat planes.

VIDEO: Criterium du Dauphine Stage 4 Highlights

2019 Criterium du Dauphine Stage 4 Top 10

1 Wout van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:33:38
2 Tejay van Garderen (USA) EF Education First 0:00:31
3 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:47
4 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:49
5 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:51
6 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:56
7 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:59
8 Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:05
9 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:07
10 Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:01:10

2019 Criterium du Dauphine GC after Stage 4

1 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 12:27:26 
2 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:04 
3 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Education First 0:00:06 
4 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:07 
5 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:24 
6 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:25 
7 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:26 
8 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:30 
9 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma   
10 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:40

 
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