Bennati, already a winner of a sprint stage and the time trial, kicked to victory ahead of French rising prospect Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ), with Stephane Bondergent (Bretagne-Schuller) taking third in the final stage.
Anthony Roux (FDJ) finished safely in the main bunch claim the overall victory at the five-stage, four-day French race.
The 166km stage between Abbaye de l’Epau and Bonnétable included three hot sprints and three climbs. It was a fast affair from the gun.
“A big break with 21 riders got off the front in the beginning,” Bennati said in a Leopard-Trek team report. “It took a lot of time for the peloton behind to catch up. FDJ controlled things until the final circuit,” Bennati says. “We took over with two laps remaining.”
The final circuit included six laps each of 11.4 km. “Near the end of race, on the final circuit, our guys were all there chasing together,” said sport director Luca Guercilena. “The final circuit included a little climb, and there were always attacks here. The team did not let anyone get away. In the final kilometres, the guys brought Daniele and Davide [Viganò] to the front,” Guercilena says. “The finishing sprint was technical with some tricky turns and Davide helped Daniele negotiate this part. Daniele won the sprint pretty handily.”
“I’m really happy with this victory. It proves that I am in a very good shape”, Bennati smiles. “The team worked really hard to get me in the best possible position for the sprint. The plan we had worked out perfectly.”
Stage 4: Abbaye de l’Epau – Bonnétable
- 1. Daniele BENNATI (ITA), Leopard-Trek , 4:00:04
- 2. Nacer BOUHANNI (FRA), Française des Jeux, s.t.
- 3. Stéphane BONSERGENT (FRA), Bretagne-Schuller, s.t.
- 4. Fabien BACQUET (FRA), Auber 93, s.t.
- 5. Jure KOCJAN (SLO), Team Type 1, s.t.
Overall, after stage 4
- 1. Anthony ROUX (France), Française des Jeux , 15:51:02
- 2. Biel KADRI (France), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 0:05
- 3. David MILLAR (Great Britain), Garmin-Cervelo, at 0:09
- 4. Pierrick FEDRIGO (France), Française des Jeux, at 0:12
- 5. Alexandre GENIEZ (France), Skil-Shimano, at 0:13