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Tour de France 2014

Date range:
July 5-27
  • Tour de France, France, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      190.5km
      Start location:
      Leeds
      End location:
      Harrogate
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      201km
      Start location:
      York
      End location:
      Sheffield
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      155km
      Start location:
      Cambridge
      End location:
      London
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      163.5km
      Start location:
      Le Touquet-Paris-Plage
      End location:
      Lille Métropole
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      155.5km
      Start location:
      Ypres
      End location:
      Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      194km
      Start location:
      Arras
      End location:
      Reims
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      234.5km
      Start location:
      Épernay
      End location:
      Nancy
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      161km
      Start location:
      Tomblaine
      End location:
      Gérardmer La Mauselaine
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      170km
      Start location:
      Gérardmer
      End location:
      Mulhouse
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      161.5km
      Start location:
      Mulhouse
      End location:
      La Planche des Belles Filles
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Besançon
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      187.5km
      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Oyonnax
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      185.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-en-Bresse
      End location:
      Saint-Étienne
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      197.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Étienne
      End location:
      Chamrousse
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      177km
      Start location:
      Grenoble
      End location:
      Risoul
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Tallard
      End location:
      Nîmes
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Carcassonne
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      237.5km
      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      124.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Gaudens
      End location:
      Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Hautacam
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      208.5km
      Start location:
      Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour
      End location:
      Bergerac
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      54km
      Start location:
      Bergerac
      End location:
      Périgueux (ITT)
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      137.5km
      Start location:
      Évry
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 08, Stage 4: Le Touquet-Paris-Plage - Lille Métropole 163.5km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 03, 2014, 18:26 BST,
Updated:
July 03, 2014, 3:52 BST

Stage preview

All smiles for stage 6 winner Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)

Stage details

Distance: 163.5

Category: Flat

Highest point: 159m

After three days in the United Kingdom, the peloton return to French shores. Yet again, this should be another clear cut chance for the sprinters and an opportunity to extend or reduce the lead in the green jersey competition. In order to stop Peter Sagan from repeating his 2013 success, the pure sprinters will have to take points at every opportunity.

By this point we will have already had a snapshot of who is in form and who hasn't got their preparation quite right. It will be one of the last chances for the pure sprinters to get on the score board before we hit the mountains at the weekend.

The riders will head east from the French coast, tackling two fourth category climbs and running alongside the Belgian boarder, before the finish in Lille, in anticipation of the following day’s key stage.

Lille has featured 14 times as a finishing town for the Tour de France. The last time was 20 years ago for the opening prologue, which was won by Chris Boardman. It was his first of three Tour de France stage wins and the result would put him into the yellow jersey for the first time. He would go onto win the prologues in 1997 and 1998, making him the Brit with the most time in the yellow jersey until Bradley Wiggins in 2012 on his way to team Sky’s first ever Tour victory.

Jean-Christophe Péraud says... This is undoubtedly a stage to put a smile on sprinters' faces. As a GC team, we will have to be careful about the win to make sure we don't get trapped behind a split. It will be a waiting day, where teams will be focussed on leaders and keeping them fresh.

Local History

France has the record number of victories in Lille, with five. However, the last man to do it for France was Louison Bobet, in 1954. He beat two Swiss riders, Ferdi Kubler – who won in Lille in 1947 - and Hugo Koblet. This year, there is one Frenchman in with a hope of adding to that tally, Europcar’s Bryan Coquard. The 22-year-old has been making his name as a sprinter over the last two years. 

Map for the 2014 Tour de France stage 4

Profile for the 2014 Tour de France stage 4