• Team Sky were again pressed into action on another day defending the Ochre jersey
  • Edvald Boasson Hagen meets the fans ahead of the start in Modbury
  • The riders relaxed in different ways before lining up at the start
  • It was a surprise to see word champion Philippe Gilbert go on the attack immediately alongside Damien Howson
  • The stage was more straightforward than Wednesday's on paper but the peloton was still nervous at times
  • British champion Ian Stannard drops back to the car and Sports Director Kurt-Asle Arvesen
  • Luke Rowe heads back through the convoy on his Tour Down Under debut
  • Geraint Thomas came close to snagging some precious bonus seconds but just missed out
  • The peloton enjoyed spending most of the day riding with a tailwind
  • Eventually the sprinters' teams arrived to help shut down the break
  • Lotto-Belisol clearly had confidence in their sprinter
  • There was a flurry of action in the final kilometres with the threat of cross-winds
  • At the finish in Tanunda Andre Greipel proved his dominance with another win...
  • ...Breaking the stage win record of Robbie McEwen with his 13th at the race
  • Thomas stayed safe to retain his lead ahead of Saturday's key stage

Tour Down Under stage four gallery

Team Sky were again pressed into action on another day defending the Ochre jersey