Continuing to build on the previous days, Team dsm-firmenich rode well as a group in the sprint finale, setting up finisher Casper van Uden who got up to take a strong second place on stage four.
Leaving Sherwood Forest earlier on Wednesday, it was an attacking start to the day but after around ten kilometres of action a three rider group went clear and things settled down. Remaining in the bunch, Team dsm-firmenich’s focus remained on the expected sprint finale. The peloton were always in control and reeled in the breakaway with over 20 kilometres to go. Biding their time, the team moved forward well in the closing five kilometres, bringing Van Uden into position. Coming out of the last corner, Van Uden moved up into the wheel of Kooij. Launching his sprint early to try and catch the race leader out, Van Uden wanted to go to the left but had to check his sprint ever so slightly, and at that point Kooij started his effort. In the drag race to the line the two were well matched but the gap stayed steady, with Van Uden taking a fine second place in Newark-on-Trent.