Safe passage through stage four

10 Jul 2018

Safe passage through stage four

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Team Sky finished safely following an assured performance on stage four at the Tour de France.

The 195-kilometre test presented another opportunity for the sprinters, meaning the focus for the general classification teams shifted to a safe finish in Sarzeau.
 
Team Sky were able to dodge a large crash in the peloton with 4.5km to go, ensuring the general classification positions of Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome went unchanged.
 
Egan Bernal led the team home, sprinting to 20th place, with Thomas retaining third place overall, three seconds back on the yellow jersey. Froome also jumped up one place to 17th spot, 55 seconds down.
 
The team hit the front late on with Luke Rowe driving the pace into the final three kilometres, ensuring his team-mates would lose no further time amid a scrappy finish.

At the line it was Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) who claimed a second stage victory from the bunch kick. The Colombian held off Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal). At the head of the leaderboard Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) maintained his slender race lead.
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Stage four result:

1. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) 4:25:01
2. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) s.t.
3. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
4. Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo)
5. Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin)
20. Egan Bernal (Team Sky)

Overall classification:

1. Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) 13:33:56
2. Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) s.t.
3. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +3”
4. Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) +5”
5. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) +7"
17. Chris Froome (Team Sky) +55”

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