Tour de France: Stage for Arnaud Demare in crash-marred sprint
Jul 04 2017 11:23 pm CET

Tour de France: Stage for Arnaud Demare in crash-marred sprint

Arnaud Demare (FDJ) has taken the victory at the fourth stage of the Tour de France. The Frenchman was the fastest in an eventful bunch sprint, crossing the line ahead of Peter Sagan and Alexander Kristoff.

The fourth stage of the French Grand Tour took place between Mondorf-les-Bains and Vittel over a mostly flat route of 207.5 with one fourth category climb to the Col des Trois Fontaines.

Wanty-Groupe Gobert's Guillame Van Keirsbulck attacked from the beginning and managed to get away from the pack. The rider rode alone for most of the stage, getting a gap of over 13 minutes.

Behind him, the peloton rode quite calmly and with the main objective of closing the gap in time to position the sprinters for the finale. The adventure of Van Keirsbulck was over at 17 kilometres from the finish line.

From then on, the pack rode together with the lead-out trains trying to give their sprinters the best position for the last meters.

The final kilometer was chaotic with two crashes, the second of which involved John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) after the latter was pushed into the fences by Peter Sagan. Ahead, Arnaud Demare (FDJ) was the first to cross the finish line, just ahead of Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe), Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin), Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis).

Even though Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) was held back by the first crash, he managed to keep the Yellow Jersey.
Photo of Arnaud Demare (cropped) by Equipe Cycliste FDJ





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