Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team sprinter extraordinaire Gerald Ciolek, who was just 20 seconds out in 37th place for general classification (GC), was on the right side of a field split up the first category 1 climb of Santos Tour Down Under in stage 4. A 48 man front group dropped 80 other members of the peloton on Menglers Hill Road at the 107.4 km mark. Ciolek and 10 to 12 riders then set themselves up perfectly for a sprint finish, which featured a slight downhill for the final 50 meters.
Oscar Freire (Katusha) won out of the dozen or so riders who crossed the line together, just barely beating out Ciolek. However, Ciolek was not only rewarded with a Santos Tour Down Under Stage 4 second place finish, but he now sits much farther up the list of GC contenders going into stage five. He is a mere six seconds from holding the Santos Tour Down Under Ochre Leader's Jersey, in fourth place.