TOUR’18 Stage 4: FernanDos Gaviria!
Stage Report: Stage 4 sprinted into the Breton town of Sarzeau, in-front the Major and UCI President, David Lappartient, and Quick-Step Floors’ Fernando Gaviria took his second stage of this Tour de France. The yellow jersey stayed on the shoulders of BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet who finished in the main pack.
Stage win No, 2 for Fernando Gaviria
Another day for the sprinters with just one KOM between La Baule and Sarzeau at Saint-Jean-la-Poterie with 60 kilometers to go on the 195K stage.
Popular World champion
Yellow jersey and bike for Greg Van Avermaet
Belgians in France – Big game tonight
What about the football tonight?
Programing another win at the start?
The enfant du pays Jérôme Cousin (Direct Energie), Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Dimitri Claeys and Anthony Perez (Cofidis) rode away from the gun to make a breakaway representing France and Belgium on pair. The advantage was 5 minutes at km 10 and 7 minutes at km 20. Their maximum advantage was 7:40 before km 50. Michael Schär set the steady pace of the peloton behind the four breakaway riders. His BMC team-mate Patrick Bevin took over until sprinters’ teams decided to regulate the bunch: Lotto Soudal, Quick-Step, Groupama-FDJ.
Cofidis powered the break
The difference was down to 3:25 at the intermediate sprint of Derval, precisely at half way into the race at km 97.5. Perez took the only KOM point up for grabs at Saint-Jean-la-Poterie with 60km to go as the leading quartet realized was timed with an advantage of 1:30. However, the Frenchman knew he wouldn’t dethrone Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) from the lead of the mountains competition as the Kiwi was ranked higher than him on GC and the breakaway was destined to fail.
Guillaume van Keirsbulck putting Wanty-Groupe Gobert out front again
GC contenders like Dan Martin, Jakob Fuglsang, Bauke Mollema, Mikel Landa and Steven Kruijswijk were involved in a crash just within 50km to go. The peloton slowed down to allow the injured riders to make it back. Therefore, the deficit went back to 3 minutes 35km before the end and a hard chase became necessary. It was 2:15 with 25km to go and 1:35 with 15km to go.
A crash with 5km to go took Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Rigoberto Uran (Education First-Drapac) to the ground. The Colombian made it back to the pack with 3km to go. AG2R-La Mondiale’s Axel Domont was forced to pull out. The leading four riders were eventually reeled in under the flamme rouge of the last kilometer. Max Richeze gave his Quick-Step teammate, Fernando Gaviria, the ideal lead-out and the Colombian fended off Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) who were close to deprive him of his second Tour de France victory.
After the perfect lead-out for Gaviria, it looked good for Greipel
Just too far for the German and the Colombian had it from the World champion
Stage winner, Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors): “To take two stages at my first Tour de France is just… Wow! It wasn’t easy at all, but we came here in very good condition, keen on leaving our mark on this great race, and thanks to the fantastic work of the entire team we have reasons to smile and be happy, but we don’t want to stop here and will remain focus for what’s to come.”
It was close, but the Colombian got it
Race leader, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC):“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.”
Tour de France Stage 4 Result:
1. Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors in 4:25:01
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
3. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
4. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
5. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
6. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
7. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
8. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
9. Dion Smith (NZ) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
10. Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
11. Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
12. Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie
13. Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie
14. Warren Barguil (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
15. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
16. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC
17. Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
18. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
19. Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
20. Egan Bernal (Col) Sky
21. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data
22. Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana
23. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb
24. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
25. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors.
Tour de France Overall After Stage 4:
1. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC in 13:33:56
2. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC
3. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky at 0:03
4. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors at 0:05
5. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:07
6. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors
7. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 0:11
8. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Sunweb
9. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb
10. Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at 0:35
11. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:50
12. Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
13. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 0:51
14. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC
15. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar at 0:53
16. Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar
17. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 0:55
18. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:00
19. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida at 1:06
20. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1:15
21. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo
22. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
23. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo at 1:16
24. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
25. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo.