Tour de France Stage 4 Results

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Race leader Geraint Thomas and sprint king Mark Cavendish were brought down in separate crashes as Frenchman Arnaud Demare won a dramatic finish to the Tour de France fourth stage on Tuesday. Briton Thomas, who had warned on Monday that he just wanted to stay clear of trouble on the 207.5km ride from Mondorf-les-Bains to Vittel, hit the deck for the second time in three stages.

His crash came on a bend just inside the final kilometre but Cavendish’s fall looked more spectacular, just a couple of hundred metres from the finish line. Cavendish was baulked by world champion Peter Sagan against the metal barriers on the side of the road and crashed hard, with two riders, including German John Degenkolb, hitting the stricken Briton as they crashed over the top of him.

Cavendish had already crashed out of the Tour in the first stage in 2014 after breaking his collarbone in a sprint finish fall he later admitted was his fault. While Thomas was able to get up and ride on to the finish, Cavendish needed medical assistance as he lay on the ground in obvious pain.

In all the furore of another bunch pile-up, Demare’s achievement of becoming the first Frenchman to win a Tour stage in a sprint finish since 2011 was almost lost. His win allowed him to claim the sprinters’ green jersey from German Marcel Kittel, winner of Sunday’s second stage.Sagan took second place with Norway’s Alexander Kristoff third on the stage. Sagan’s time bonus on the line helped him move up to second overall at
seven seconds behind Thomas, with reigning champion Chris Froome third at 12sec.

British sprint great Mark Cavendish was taken to hospital by ambulance after a spectacular crash in the sprint
finish to the Tour de France fourth stage won by France’s Arnaud Demare.  Race leader Geraint Thomas was also taken down in a separate crash in the final kilometre of the 207.5km stage from Mondorf-les-Bains to Vittel.

World champion Peter Sagan was sensationally kicked out of the Tour de France on Tuesday for causing a crash that saw Mark Cavendish taken to hospital. “We’ve decided to disqualify Peter Sagan from the Tour de France 2017 as he endangered some of his colleagues seriously in the final metres of the sprint which happened in Vittel,” said the president of the race commission Philippe Marien.

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Sagan had jutted out an elbow around 100 metres from the finish line of the fourth stage in Vittel, knocking Cavendish into the metal safety barriers and sending him crashing to the tarmac. Cavendish finished the stage after receiving medical attention but injured a finger and his shoulder and was later taken to hospital by ambulance. “I get on with Peter well but I don’t get it. If he came across it’s one thing, but the elbow?” Cavendish told reporters outside his Dimension Data team bus before going to hospital. “I’m not a fan of him putting his elbow in like that. I get on with Peter, a crash is a crash, but I’d just like to know about the elbow.” Initial reports said Sagan had been penalised 30 seconds and 80 green jersey points, although that has now been changed to a disqualification.

Briton Thomas, who had warned on Monday that he just wanted to stay clear of trouble, hit the deck for the second time in three stages. “It’s ok, both times I managed to take off quite a bit of speed (before crashing),” said Thomas.
“I’m used to crashing, so it’s fine, I’m all ok.” His crash came on a bend just inside the final kilometre but Cavendish’s
fall looked more damaging, just inside the final 100 metres.

Cavendish was baulked by world champion Peter Sagan against the metal barriers on the side of the road and crashed hard, with two riders, including German John Degenkolb, hitting the stricken Briton as they somersaulted over the top of him. Cavendish did finish the stage but later left his Dimension Data team bus with his arm in a sling as he was taken to hospital by ambulance. “Mark Cavendish hurt his shoulder and hand. On his way to the hospital for further examinations,” said Dimension Data on Twitter. “If I was Sagan, I’d apologise for that,” Cavendish’s sports director at Dimension Data Roger Hammond told journalists. Sagan did go to the Dimension Data bus after the race to speak to Cavendish, who crashed out of the 2014 Tour in the first stage after breaking his collarbone in a sprint finish fall he later admitted was his fault. While Thomas was able to get up and ride on to the finish, Cavendish had needed medical assistance as he lay on the ground in obvious pain.

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Stage Results:

1. Arnaud Démare (FRA/FDJ.fr) 4hr 53min 54sec
(average: 42,4 km/h)
2. Alexander Kristoff (NOR) a 0:00.
3. André Greipel (GER) 0:00.
4. Nacer Bouhani (FRA) 0:00.
5. Adrien Petit (FRA) 0:00.
6. Jürgen Roelandts (BEL) 0:00.
7. Michael Matthews (AUS) 0:00.
8. Manuele Mori (ITA) 0:00.
9. Tiesj Benoot (BEL) 0:00.
10. Zdenek Stybar (CZE) 0:00.
11. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) 0:00.
12. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (BEL) 0:00.
13. Marcel Kittel (GER) 0:00.
14. Marcel Sieberg (GER) 0:00.
15. Mike Teunissen (NED) 0:00.
16. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) 0:00.
17. Oliver Naesen (BEL) 0:00.
18. Davide Cimolai (ITA) 0:00.
19. Grega Bole (SLO) 0:00.
20. Philippe Gilbert (BEL) 0:00.
21. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ) 0:00.
22. Christopher Froome (GBR) 0:00.
23. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR) 0:00.
24. Patrick Bevin (NZL) 0:00.
25. Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (DEN) 0:00.

Overall Standings:

1. Geraint Thomas (GBR/Sky) 14h54:25.
2. Christopher Froome (GBR/SKY) at 0:12.
3. Michael Matthews (AUS/SUN) 0:12.
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/DDT) 0:16.
5. Pierre-Roger Latour (FRA/ALM) 0:25.
6. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/QST) 0:30.
7. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) 0:32.
8. Tim Wellens (BEL/LOT) 0:32.
9. Arnaud Démare (FRA/FDJ) 0:33.
10. Nikias Arndt (GER/SUN) 0:34.
11. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ/AST) 0:37.
12. Stefan Kung (SUI/BMC) 0:38.
13. Emanuel Buchmann (GER/BOR) 0:40.
14. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) 0:40.
15. Daniel Martin (EIR/QST) 0:43.
16. Diego Ulissi (ITA/EAU) 0:43.
17. Simon Yates (GBR/ORI) 0:45.
18. Daryl Impey (RSA/ORI) 0:45.
19. Richie Porte (AUS/BMC) 0:47.
20. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 0:48.
21. José Herrada Lopez (ESP/MOV) 0:48.
22. Rafal Majka (POL/BOR) 0:49.
23. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 0:51.
24. Alberto Bettiol (ITA/CAN) 0:52.
25. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 0:52.

 

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