Tour de France 2018 Stage 4: Close win Gaviria, Van Avermaet still in yellow

The Tour de France's 4th stage starts and ends on Brittany’s south-coast. The early break is brought back under the flamme rouge before the race comes down to a bunch sprint. Fernando Gaviria outguns Peter Sagan and André Greipel, while Greg Van Avermaet retains in the maillot jaune. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 4th stage 2018 Tour de France

1. Fernando Gaviria (col)
2. Peter Sagan (svk) s.t.
3. André Greipel (ger) s.t.
4. Dylan Groenewegen (nld) s.t.
5. Marcel Kittel (ger) s.t.
6. Andrea Pasqualon (ita) s.t.
7. Alexander Kristoff (nor) s.t.
8. John Degenkolb (ger) s.t.
9. Dion Smith (nzl) s.t.
10. Timothy Dupont (bel) s.t.

121. Ilnur Zakarin (rus) + 0.59

GC after the 4th stage
1. Greg Van Avermaet (bel)
2. Tejay van Garderen (usa) s.t.
3. Geraint Thomas (gbr) + 0.03
4. Philippe Gilbert (bel) + 0.05
5. Julian Alaphilippe (fra) + 0.07
6. Bob Jungels (lux) s.t.
7. Tom Dumoulin (nld) + 0.11
8. Søren Kragh Andersen (den) s.t.
9. Michael Matthews (aus) s.t.
10. Rigoberto Uran (col) + 0.35

11. Rafal Majka (pol) + 0.50
13. Jakob Fuglsang (den) + 0.51
14. Richie Porte (aus) s.t.
15. Alejandro Valverde (spa) + 0.53
16. Mikel Landa (spa) s.t.
17. Chris Froome (gbr) + 0.55
18. Adam Yates (gbr) + 1.00
19. Vincenzo Nibali (ita) + 1.06
20. Romain Bardet (fra) + 1.15
21. Primoz Roglic (slo) s.t.
22. Steven Kruijswijk (nld) s.t.
25. Bauke Mollema (nld) + 1.16
33. Daniel Martin (irl) + 1.38
42. Ilnur Zakarin (rus) + 1.51
48. Nairo Quintana (col) + 2.08

Race report
Once the flag is dropped, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck attacks with Dimitri Claeys, Jérôme Cousin and Anthony Perez on his wheel. The four race to a lead of almost 8 minutes.

A crash shakes up the peloton with 5 kms remaining. Rigoberto Uran and Ilnur Zakarin are forced to chase.

Just before the flamme rouge the attackers are brought back and in the ensuing sprint André Greipel strikes out early. Fernando Gaviria overhauls him with Peter Sagan close behind, thus claiming his second victory in this year’s Tour de France.

Greg Van Avermaet keeps the yellow jersey, while Uran manages to close the gap, but Zakarin loses 59 seconds.

Tomorrow is a demanding hilly race with a trying uphill finale.

Read also: route 4th stage 2018 Tour de France.

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