Tour de France Stage 4: Another Photo Finish5. July 2016, Limoges (FRA) — Road Team
The longest stage of the Tour de France saw another nail-biting sprint to the line, again coming down to a photo finish as was the case on stage 3.
Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step) claimed the win, just edging out Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) on the line.
A four-rider breakaway almost spoiled the day for the sprinters, spending much of the 237.5 kilometer stage away and only being reeled in with seven kilometers to go.
With four sprint stages down, the peloton has their first real taste of the hills on stage 5.
Quotes of the Day
“it was a good day. At least we didn’t go as slow as yesterday, but it’s another one ticked off and I’m looking forward to getting to the climbs tomorrow. We have done the recon on tomorrow’s stage and there are a couple of nasty climbs in there. But also the run in is a nasty, technical downhill so that could play a part in it too. There’s a bit of a kick to the finish so for sure the last 40 kilometers are really going to trim the field a little bit. Which is a good thing, it won’t be so hectic as it has been.”
Tejay van Garderen:
“I’m really excited to head to the hills and get the GC sorted out a bit more. I think it will be a little less nervous and we’ll get a sense of who’s going well and who’s not. Richie and I did the recon [of stage 5] together and it’s a tricky stage. It’s not going to be as hard as the Pyrenees but it will shake things up. You’re not going to see Sagan and Cavendish up there.”
Tour de France
Stage 4, Saumur > Limoges (237.5km)
Top 3: Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step), Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie), Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 17. Damiano Caruso, 31. Michael Schaer, 38. Tejay van Garderen
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 15. Tejay van Garderen, 20. Greg Van Avermaet, 71. Richie Porte
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See photos from the race.