Elia Viviani sprints to victory in fourth stage of Tour de France
Jul 09 2019 11:39 pm CET

Elia Viviani sprints to victory in fourth stage of Tour de France
Elia Viviani sprints to victory in fourth stage of Tour de France
Deceuninck-Quick-Step

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Elia Viviani has taken the victory of the fourth stage of the Tour de France. The Italian rider was the fastest rider at the final sprint.

Yoann Offredo, Frederick Backaert (Wanty Gobert) and Michael Schär (CCC Team) formed the breakaway early into the 213.5-kilometre stage. The peloton faced an almost entirely flat route that was expected to have a bunch finale in which the sprinters would have their second chance in the race to show themselves.

Jumbo-Visma, Lotto-Soudal and Deceuninck-Quick-Step took charge of the pace of the peloton while the front trio built a gap of more than three minutes with it. With 30 kilometres to go, Schär launched an attack and only Backaert could stay with him while Offredo was eventually caught by the peloton.

During the last ascent of the day, Schär was left by himself but the rhythm set by Bora-hansgrohe and Sunweb in the climb managed to neutralise him with 16 kilometres to go. The peloton rode compact and with 11 kilometres to go, Total Direct Energie's Lilian Calmejane tried his luck and got a gap with the pack, only to be caught five kilometres later.

The final kilometre was fast and nervous and Deceuninck-Quick-Step's sprint train did a good job by putting Elia Vivani in a good position to launch a successful sprint to win the stage. UAE-Team Emirates' Alexander Kristoff and Lotto-Soudal's Caleb Ewan crossed the finish line behind the Italian rider.

Peter Sagan and Dylan Groenewegen completed the top five of the day. Julian Alaphilippe played an important part in Viviani's victory and he crossed the finish line with the pack, maintaining as such the lead of the General Classification.






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