Movistar Team’s Gonzalo Serrano moved in to the AJ Bell Tour of Britain race lead after winning a dramatic fourth stage between Redcar and Duncombe Park, Helmsley, on Wednesday.

Serrano pipped home favourite Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers), Dylan Teuns (Israel – Premier Tech) and a second INEOS rider – Spaniard Omar Fraile – to the victory after the quartet broke clear over the climb of Newgate Bank with 8.4 kilometres remaining.

In addition to becoming the first Spaniard to win a stage of the UK’s leading cycle race in 10 years, Serrano moved into the AJ Bell leader’s jersey, with both Pidcock and Fraile trailing by seven seconds.

“Today was a crazy day,” said Serrano. “Very, very aggressive but my team was with me for company. It was a difficult day, but they worked strongly to close down the breakaway in the last kilometers. [Tom] Pidcock and [Omar] Fraile are very strong and, in Britain, this race is very important for INEOS, but I attacked in the last climb, and in the sprint I thought I can win.” 

Video: Highlights from stage four of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain

Serrano’s win is his seventh top-10 finish from the past 11 AJ Bell Tour of Britain stages with the 28-year-old from Madrid having never finished worse than 21st in his two participations in the race.

The Movistar team had worked hard with all their five remaining riders on the front of the diminished peloton after the action had burst into life on the ŠKODA King of the Mountains climb of Carlton Bank.

Fraile set the initial pace, teeing up a Pidcock attack to which Oscar Onley (Team DSM) and Teuns followed. Italian champion Filippo Zana (Bardiani CSF Faizanè) and Michael Woods (Israel – Premier Tech) initially tolerated the pace, but a second surge towards the top of the fan-lined climb took Pidcock, Onley, and Teuns clear with the trio building a lead of 45 seconds.

Movistar, TRINITY Racing and Great Britain’s Jake Stewart then drove the bunch hard along Bilsdale towards the final uncategorized climb of Newgate Bank. They made the junction on the lower slopes, before Serrano jumped clear to claim the bonus seconds at the sprint at the summit.

Pidcock fought hard to take his wheel; Teuns and then Fraile followed to make up the quartet who would contest the finish in the setting of Duncombe Park. Turning into the grounds of the park it was Fraile who picked up the pace, however once Serrano hit the front it never looked like the fast-charging Pidcock would overhaul him.

After moving into second position overall, Pidcock said; “We tried several times and with being the home team there is a bit of pressure and expectation for us to make the race. Which makes it all that much that harder to win, but I think we did pretty well. It was a bit disappointing but yeah what can I say.”

Overnight leader Ben Perry (Wiv SunGod) dropped to fourth overall on the same time as Pidcock and Fraile, with Israel – Premier Tech duo Teuns and Corbin Strong sitting next at 10 and 14 seconds in arrears.

As well as losing the red AJ Bell leader’s jersey, Wiv SunGod’s Jacob Scott also shed the ŠKODA King of the Mountains jersey to Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB rider Mathijs Paasschens. However, the team kept hold of the sprints jersey, while INEOS Grenadiers rider Magnus Sheffield won the stage four Adyen combativity award after an early breakaway with Saint Piran’s Harry Birchill as the race passed along the Yorkshire coast.

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Highlights of stage four are on ITV4 at 8pm on Wednesday 7 September and available on demand for 30 days via the ITV Hub.

Stage five on Thursday 8 September takes place in Nottinghamshire, which at 186.8 kilometres (116.2 miles) is the longest stage of the 2022 AJ Bell Tour of Britain. Starting from West Bridgford the stage will finish on Chesterfield Road South in Mansfield mid-afternoon.  Live coverage of the stage begins on ITV4 at 10:30am.