Tour de France stage four roundup: Tiesj Benoot, Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet, Andre Greipel, EF Education First
Jul 11 2018 04:24 am CET

Tour de France stage four roundup: Tiesj Benoot, Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet, Andre Greipel, EF Education First
Tour de France stage four roundup: Tiesj Benoot, Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet, Andre Greipel, EF Education First
Tour de France

Quick-Step Floors' Fernando Gaviria has won the fourth stage of the Tour de France, which also included some crashes and tense moments. Here are some news and reactions about the fourth day of racing in France.

Tiesj Benoot crashes with five kilometres to go

Lotto-Soudal's Tiesj Benoot has suffered from a crash just past the four-kilometre mark of the stage. His continuation in the race will be decided on the morning of the sixth stage.

"Tiesj Benoot has incurred a second degree dislocation of the AC joint in his right shoulder, a bruise of the ribs, the right shoulder blade and left wrist, he has abrasions on his hips, back, arms and legs and cuts at his right eyebrow and the back of his head, stitched with respectively seven and one thread. Tomorrow will be decided if Benoot starts stage 5," said Lotto-Soudal through a statement.

Peter Sagan

"The headwind was a big issue today in the final sprint and positioning and timing were crucial. I finished second and I'm happy to keep the green jersey. Today's breakaway was strong and the escapees did a good job. We didn't pull for most of the race except for the final kilometres and let the other teams do it. The fight for the green jersey is on but we have a long race to Paris with some climbs in between. The important thing is that we also managed to stay again clear of trouble and avoid the crashes of the final kilometres. The guys are doing a great job in that aspect."

Greg Van Avermaet

"It was a nice day in the beginning but it got pretty hectic in the final. The guys did a really good job to protect Richie and me. They were always on the front and we spent a lot of energy in the wind but as we saw, anything can happen and by staying up at the front we were in the safe zone. We protected ourselves and with no time loss, it was a perfect day."

Andre Greipel

"It was once again a hectic sprint. With the team, we managed to stay at the front pretty well. After the crash, I still had Keukeleire, Sieberg and De Buyst with me. I chose to take the initiative myself today. I started sprinting pretty early with about 300 metres to go. I had hoped to be able to get on the wheel of someone else, but that wasn't possible. I accelerated again with 100 metres to go. But I felt Gaviria and Sagan coming. I can be satisfied with my sprint, I was in the running for the victory so that's very promising."

Simon Clarke on Rigoberto Uran's late crash

"It’s never a good situation when your captain is on the ground with six kilometres to go, but before he was back on his feet, Dani (Daniel Martinez) had his bike ready to give Rigo and the rest of us jumped straight back in line and got him back to the bunch. Normally when you crash inside the last 10 kilometres, it’s about limiting losses. Very rarely do you get back on. That we got back on proves how dialed we are as a team and how quickly and efficiently we were able to respond."



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