Belgian sprinter Wouter Weylandt (Quickstep-Innergetic) won the fourth stage of the EnecoTour of Benelux on Sunday, while countryman Nick Nuyens (Cofidis) kept the leader's red jersey.
Weylandt won a sprint finish into a strong headwind ahead of Crédit Agricole's Thor Hushovd and Team CSC's Matthew Goss after 182km of racing from Maldegem, Belgium to Terneuzen in the Netherlands.
"It's revenge for the previous stages where I failed in the final metres," said Weylandt after his sixth success of the season. "I feared Thor Hushovd
was coming back strong as we neared the line but I held on."
Longtime breakaway leaders Roberto Longo of Italy, Russian Dmytro
Grabowskyy, Stephane Poulhies of France and Belgian Nico Eeckhout could not hold their lead as the sprint specialist teams of Weylandt and Nuyens bore down.
Nuyens admitted that he remained wary of the threat posed by British rider
David Millar with three stages remaining.
"We had to go carefully because of the wind," he said. "But the team worked hard and I'm still in red. But I'm not dreaming - we still have a tricky stage and a time-trial to go where I won't be favourite."