Fernando Gaviria wins stage at Tour of Britain, Elia Viviani reclaims GC lead
Sep 06 2017 10:25 pm CET

Fernando Gaviria wins stage at Tour of Britain, Elia Viviani reclaims GC lead

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) has won the fourth stage of the Tour of Britain. In the final sprint, the Colombian was faster than Elia Viviani and Alexander Kristoff.

The fourth stage of the British race was 165 kilometres long between Masfield and Newark-on-Trent. The day featured one third category climb and was bound to finish in a bunch sprint.

The breakaway of the day was formed in the first kilometres. Blain (Madison Genesis), Handley (Madison Genesis), Slater (JLT Condor), Scott (An Post CRC)and McNally (Wanty) created a gap of more than four minutes with the peloton.

James Lowsley-Williams (BIKE Channel Canyon) and Bryan Lewis (Cylance) were disqualified when they were chasing the front group, for riding on the sidewalk while trying to take over the peloton.

At around 46 kilometres from the finish line, a line of cars parked just out of a curve caused a crash that affected several riders including some of BMC and caused the abandon of Brent Bookwalter.

The peloton was then pulled by Orica-Scott, LottoNL-Jumbo and CCC to try to catch the escapees and force a final sprint. At the end, with three kilometres to go, the front group was caught and the sprint trains lined up for the final.

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) was the first to start the sprint but he wasn't strong enough to take it to the end. The final sprint was fought between Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), Elia Viviani (Team Sky) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin), and the Colombian crossed the finish line just ahead of his rivals.

The second place of Viviani was enough for him to take back the leader's jersey.
Photo of Fernando Gaviria (cropped) © BrakeThrough Media