A guide to the Tour de France
5th July 2016
Marcel Kittel (Etixx Qick-Step) won Stage 4 today, beating Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) in a tight finish.
The fourth stage of the 2016 Tour de France from Saumur to Limoges came down to a bunch sprint up the hill, away from the river. Mark Cavendish stayed rather too far back today, and got boxed in, after being disrupted by a pinch point at a roundabout on the run-in. Kittel hit the front in the closing stages, with Bryan Coquard coming up his left. They touched shoulders as Coquard tried to come past. The photo finish showed that it was even closer than yesterday, with Kittel's wheel ever so slightly ahead.
Peter Sagan was third, Dylan Groenewegen fourth, and Alexander Kristoff fifth.
Kittel said, 'I'm very emotional right now, it feels like my first stage win. I'm super happy and I can't believe it.'
This is a video of the closing stages of Stage 4:
Earlier, four riders were in a breakaway - Alexis Gougeard (AG2R), Markel Irizar (Trek), Olivier Naesen (IAM Cycling), and Andreas Schillinger (Bora Argon). They were caught on an uncategorised climb 7.5km before the finish.
CyclingNews has the full race results and overall standings.
This is the Stage 4 highlights video:
The 2016 Tour de France begins at Mont St Michel, in the Manche département of France. It tackles the Pyrenees before the Alps, and as always there's a final processional stage to Paris.
Stage 5 is the first mountain stage of the 2016 Tour de France. It leaves Limoges, and heads south east into the Massif Central - first the Millevaches Limousin area, then the Volcans d'Auvergne. Early in the stage, it goes through Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, home town of Raymond Poulidor. There's a sprint at Mauriac, then most of the climbing comes towards the end of this 216km stage - with the Col de Neronne, the Pas de Peyrol, the Col du Perthus, and the Col de Font de Cère, before the last 3km downhill to the village and ski resort of le Lioran. Read about Stage 5, Tour de France 2016.
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