Tour de France: Stage 4 highlights - Video

Demare sprints to victory, Sagan disqualified for causing Cavendish crash

FDJ's Arnaud Démare won the fourth stage of the Tour de France in a hectic sprint that saw world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) disqualified from the race for the part he played in a late crash.

All was set for a bunch kick when lone breakaway rider Guillaume Van Keirsbulck was reeled in by the pack with several kilometres to race but multiple pileups occurred as the peloton approached the finish line in Vittel.

Race leader Geraint Thomas (Sky) hit the deck in a crash with around a kilometre to race, although he would ultimately remount and cross the line without incident, retaining his race lead due to the three-kilometre rule. Closer to the finish, Sagan drove Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish into metal barriers as they fought for position in the final sprint, causing Cavendish to crash hard and bringing down others behind.

Démare would go on to win the stage. The race jury later decided to remove Sagan from the 2017 Tour.

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