Tour de France 2017

July 1-23, Düsseldorf, France, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Patrick Fletcher

Full live coverage of stage 4 of the Tour de France, which is, on paper, destined for a bunch sprint in Vittel. 

 

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  1. 11:06:35 CEST

    Hello there, and welcome to Cyclingnews’ live race centre for another day at the Tour de France. We’re already on stage 4 and in store we have 207.5 kilometres from Mondorf-les-Bains, in Luxembourg, to Vittel, back in France. From a spa town to a natural source of mineral water, this is an opportunity for the sprinters to wash away the disappointment of Sunday or, if you’re Marcel Kittel or Peter Sagan, to keep the victories flowing.

  2. 11:16:47 CEST

    Vittel has previous when it comes to the Tour and washing clean. In 1968 it was chosen as a symbolic location for the Grand Départ, the year after Tom Simpson, amphetamines and alcohol in his bloodstream, died on Mont Ventoux. 

     

    More of that in our full stage 4 preview

  3. 11:21:03 CEST

    The sun is shining in Mondorf-les-Bains, where the coffee is flowing in the village départ, riders are starting to sign on, and our reporters are buzzing around the team buses. 

     

    The roll-out will be at 12.10 local time. 

     

  4. 11:33:35 CEST

    Let's quickly catch up on yesterday. Peter Sagan did what Peter Sagan does - astound us, and make the astounding appear routine. A foot slipping out of the pedal in the thick of an uphill sprint would be curtains for most riders, but the world champion calmly clipped his back in and surged clear once more to claim his eighth Tour stage win. Here's the full report:

     

    Tour de France: Sagan wins in Longwy

     

  5. 11:37:13 CEST

    The disc brakes are back today for some of the sprinters. Here are Michael Matthews' and Marcel Kittel's bikes. 

     

     

     

  6. 11:40:22 CEST

    The GC and the jersey wearers

     

    1 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 10:00:31
    2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:12
    3 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
    4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:13
    5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 0:00:16
    6 Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:25
    7 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:30
    8 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 0:00:32
    9 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
    10 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:00:34

     

     

    Yellow: Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

    Green: Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors)

    Polka-dot: Nathan Brown (Cannondale-Drapac)

    White: Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)

     

  7. 11:58:44 CEST

    If you'd like to see how this stage will unfold geographically, check out our preview video, which traces the route from Luxembourg, over the French border, and south towards Vittel. You can find that here

     

     

  8. 12:03:48 CEST

    Plenty of riders are late to sign on, which could see the roll-out delayed by a few minutes. 

     

  9. 12:06:00 CEST

    Colombian club better get a move on...

     

  10. 12:08:15 CEST

    Here's Arnaud Démare (FDJ), the French champion who is one of the big favourites for today. He's in form, he has one of the strongest leadouts of the whole peloton, and he was a close second to Kittel on Sunday. 

     

  11. 12:15:12 CEST

    They're off

     

    The riders have rolled out and are currently making their way through the neturalised zone. 

  12. 12:20:50 CEST

    Christian Prudhomme pops his head out of the red car and waves his flag, which means the stage is officially underway.

  13. 12:23:41 CEST

    Wow, what a situation we have here. The break has already gone and, here's the catch, there's only one rider up there. 

     

    Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Wanty- Groupe Gobert) heads up the road, but no one goes fancies going with him, and the peloton carries on at an easy pace, riders looking around asking, 'is that it?'

     

  14. 12:25:34 CEST

    There is one very small climb on this flat and long stage, which was always almost certain to culminate in a bunch sprint. We wouldn't have expected a big fight for the break, but this is something else. 

     

  15. 12:27:15 CEST

    Fair play to Van Keirsbulck, who looks over his shoulder, almost in disbelief. He has a lonely day ahead of him, but he has the cameras to himself for over 200 kilometres, and his team won't be complaining about that. 

     

  16. 12:30:46 CEST

    Van Keirsbulck comes into Schengen, which has political significance as the Schengen Agreement of 1985 led to the abolishment of border controls across Europe. 

  17. 198km remaining from 207.5km

    12:32:53 CEST

    Almost 10km in and our intrepid lone leader has opened up a lead of three minutes over the peloton, and that is set to grow considerably. 

  18. 12:43:37 CEST

    On a day like today you'll have plenty of time to listen to our latest Tour de France podcast. Ed Pickering joins Daniel Benson for a show that features Porte, Froome, Contador, and Raymond Poulidor with a man with a cat on his head...

     

    Podcast: Porte attacks, Froome moves up, Contador cautious & Sagan on top

     

  19. 187km remaining from 207.5km

    12:47:13 CEST

    7 minutes 30 seconds now for Van Keirsbulck.

  20. 13:06:53 CEST

    Running through the breakaway riders and their backgrounds won't take long today, but Van Keirsbulck is certainly an interesting rider to discuss.

     

    A few years a go he looked like a classics star in the making - a Belgian on QuickStep who won the Three Days of De Panne in 2014. Yet he failed to build on that potential in the subsequent years, as illness, injury, and a lack of opportunities at QuickStep saw him go two seasons without a victory. At the end of last year he made the decision to step down to Pro Continental level with Wanty-Groupe Gobert, and his decision was seemingly justified as he won Le Samyn earlier this year - an indication that his career was back on track. This is his first Tour de France. 

     

    Van Keirsbulck: This is the year of truth for me

     

  21. 171km remaining from 207.5km

    13:11:35 CEST

    Van Keirsbulck now has a lead of 10 minutes.

  22. 13:16:55 CEST

    Our lone leader is riding at an average speed of just over 40km/h, while the peloton is trundling along at just under 30km/h. 

  23. 13:24:07 CEST

    Yesterday's stage winner Peter Sagan was riding the new Specialized Tarmac with a custom paint-job. We checked out his bike, which you can admire in this gallery, complete with the full spec sheet. 

     

    Peter Sagan's Tour de France stage-winning silver S-Works Tarmac

     

  24. 13:31:39 CEST

    Speaking of Sagan, we have a special feature today. Pat Malach sat down with Juraj Sagan, brother and teammate of Peter, to explore the fraternal bond and a career lived largely in the considerable shadow of the sport's biggest star. Here it is:

     

    All in the family: Juraj and Peter Sagan are brothers in arms

     

  25. 13:35:32 CEST

    Team Sky, with the maillot jaune on the shoulders of Geraint Thomas, lead the peloton, with Luke Rowe on the front at the moment. They'll perform their duties in the early phase of this stage but then the sprinters' teams will be expected to come to the front when it comes to reeling Van Keirsbulck back in. 

     

  26. 153km remaining from 207.5km

    13:38:22 CEST

    13 minutes for Van Keirsbulck.

  27. 13:52:34 CEST

    Cyclingnews editor Daniel Benson has his finger firmly on the pulse of the transfer market and, along with some news on Contador that you'll soon be able to read on the site, he has this update from the buses this morning. 

     

    "Team managers will be rolling out the red carpet for rider agents in the next few days. The rest-days at the Tour are typically when agents jet in-and-out to negotiate with team managers.

     

    "One rider who was on the market and now appears to be off is Steve Cummings. There had been interest from several teams - one American, one Russian - but he has now agreed terms with Dimension Data, although the contract needs to be signed.

     

    "It's unclear, however, if Nathan Haas will stay. Left off the Tour team as they settled around Cavendish, the Australian is also out of contract and talking to several parties. Dimension Data are set to meet with his agent on Monday but they're aware that they face a battle to keep him."

  28. 145km remaining from 207.5km

    13:55:08 CEST

    Van Keirsbulck's lead has finally stopped growing, settling just below the 13-minute mark as Andre Greipel's Lotto Soudal team send a man up to sit on the front of the Sky train. 

     

  29. 135km remaining from 207.5km

    14:05:57 CEST

    Marcel KIttel's Quick-Step, like Lotto, have now sent a rider to the front, and the pace has increased to the extent that Van Keirsbulck's lead has dropped to 11 minutes. 

     

  30. 14:08:44 CEST

    Peter Sagan is chasing back through the cars after a mechanical. It's not a bad time to have one, and he's duly taking his time over it, making sure to exert no unnecessary effort that he might be able to use at the end of the day. 

     

  31. 14:18:12 CEST

    After the opening-day time trial, yesterday's uphill finish saw the first direct skirmishes between the overall contenders, with Richie Porte riding away in the final kilometre. He didn't gain any time, but it certainly seemed like a statement of intent. Here's what the Australian, the favourite in the eyes of some, had to say. 

     

    Tour de France: Porte shows intent on first uphill test

     

  32. 124km remaining from 207.5km

    14:20:02 CEST

    GVK hasn't had a single second out of the wind today, and his lead is coming down pretty quickly now. 8:30 as Thomas De Gendt, arms folded over the bars, leads the peloton. 

  33. 119km remaining from 207.5km

    14:27:58 CEST

    Van Keirsbulck's lead drops to 7:30 with QuickStep-Floors and Lotto Soudal setting the pace at the head of the peloton.

  34. 14:32:47 CEST

    They will be glued to the television screen in the Brasserie Arend in Roeselare, which houses the Guillaume Van Keirsbulck fan club. The bar is situated in Polenplein, which is where the team buses park ahead of the start of Dwars door Vlaanderen. During Van Keirsbulck's time at QuickStep, the team management made a point of going inside for a coffee ahead of the race. 

     

  35. 14:34:56 CEST

    The general classification contenders will be very pleased with how this stage has quietly unfolded thus far. Tomorrow's leg to La Planche des Belles should be their next major rendezvous, and they will be glad to spare all the energy they can ahead of it.

     

  36. 113km remaining from 207.5km

    14:36:47 CEST

    Jakob Fuglsang's Criterium du Dauphine victory marked him out as a podium contender on this Tour, where he shares leadership with Fabio Aru. The Dane expects a more controlled race than the Dauphine. "I think we’ll be a bit more defensive but we’ll have to see when we get closer to the mountains. In the Dauphine we also were helped by the tactics of the other teams when we played out cards," Fuglsang said. "If that works out again it will be perfect but a team like Team Sky for sure have a stronger team here than they do at the Dauphine when it comes to controlling the race. That means it’s important not to lose energy."

    Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

     

     

  37. 14:38:01 CEST

    Fuglsang penned a new two-year deal with Astana on the eve of the Tour, and the Dane has been enjoying life on and off the bike in recent weeks. "June has been a very good month and of course winning Dauphine, having my first child, and signing a contract for the next two years makes we relaxed and calm," he said. "It has given me the abilitiy to just focus on the race now and give it my maximum. I don’t think I’ve had a time in my life like this. It’s going to be hard to beat."

     

  38. 110km remaining from 207.5km

    14:41:50 CEST

    Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas it among a phalanx of white Team Sky jerseys towards the head of the peloton, which is still being led by Lotto Soudal and Quick-Step.

     

  39. 14:43:46 CEST

    Alberto Contador is on the verge of extending his stay with Trek-Segafredo for another season. Dan Benson spoke to Trek-Segafredo manager Luca Guercilena for the latest on the Spaniard's contract situation and his plans to target one final tilt at the Giro d'Italia in 2018. You can read the full story here

     

  40. 106km remaining from 207.5km

    14:45:39 CEST

    Van Keirsbulck rides with his forearms resting on the tops of the handlebars, as though gripping invisible Spinaci extensions in the manner of Michele Bartoli. Despite the aerodynamic position, his lead is down to 6:30.

     

  41. 14:47:28 CEST

    FDJ and Cofidis have joined the chase effort at the head of the peloton. Eleven years have passed since Jimmy Casper became the last Frenchman to win a bunch sprint at the Tour de France, and in that period, no one has come much closer than Arnaud Demare did on Sunday, when he took second behind Marcel Kittel.

     

  42. 101km remaining from 207.5km

    14:52:07 CEST

    Van Keirsbulck approaches the feed zone in Blenod-Les-Pont-a-Mousson with a lead of 6:23 over the peloton. He is, according to the on-screen graphic, some 4.6 kilometres further along the road to Vittel than the bunch.

     

  43. 15:08:59 CEST

    Just one of the factors making Van Keirsbulck's life difficult today is the stiff headwind, and the road never really changes direction. He has a minor victory over the peloton, though, in that he has a team car up with him at all times to serve up drinks and snacks on demand. That means that while the other riders have to grab musettes at the feed zone, he doesn't even have to carry a second bidon on his bike. 

  44. 88.5km remaining from 207.5km

    15:13:31 CEST

    The gap is down to 5:45 as the riders make their way past some sunflower fields that are so emblematic of the Tour.

     

  45. 15:14:17 CEST

     

  46. 15:15:18 CEST

    This photo tells the story of the day so far

     

     

  47. 15:31:03 CEST

    Extra motivation for Nacer Bouhanni

     

    “I arrive on home soil. Vittel is only 18km away from my parents. For sure it's an extra motivation," the Cofidis rider told the Tour's website. "There was a bit of a misunderstanding during the first sprint of the Tour. I hope we'll fix it today. My legs are good. Kittel isn't necessarily the wheel to follow. There are many sprinters of the same level here."

     

  48. 75km remaining from 207.5km

    15:31:56 CEST

    With 75 kilometres left to race, Van Keirsbulck's lead stands at 4:40.

     

  49. 15:34:37 CEST

    Coming up with 50km remaining is today's intermediate sprint, followed by the only categorised climb - the cat 4 Col des Trois Fontaines, topping out with 37km to go. Van Keirsbulck will be allowed to stay out to mop up the points at both, but it won't be long before the sprint trains get organised and his solo adventure comes to an end. 

  50. 15:40:46 CEST

    Another Frenchman who's well up for it is Démare. Have a read about what he had to say about his second sprint opportunity. 


    Tour de France: Demare ready for win in Vittel

     

  51. 58km remaining from 207.5km

    15:55:21 CEST

    Van Keirsbulck's posture is betraying the effort accrued over the past 150 kilometres, as he shifts around on the bike. It's not coming quite as naturally anymore. A light downhill stretch helps him out but his lead is down to 3:30.

  52. 16:04:56 CEST

    Olivier Le Gac, one of Demare's key teammates, is back at the medical car receiving treatment. It's unclear what the problem is. 

  53. 16:07:30 CEST

    Van Keirsbulck is coming up to the intermediate sprint point. He won't sprint but he'll collect the maximum 20 points. 

  54. 16:08:15 CEST

    Le Gac, it seems, is ill rather than injured. There were doubts about whether he would start today's stage.

     

  55. 16:08:39 CEST

    The fight in the peloton for the remaining points is winding up now. 

     

  56. 16:10:15 CEST

    Demare, who Sagan says is his biggest rival for the green jersey, shows his intent and is the first to launch his sprint. Sagan is on his wheel and runs him all the way to the line, but Demare holds on. Greipel was third there. 

  57. 16:16:36 CEST

    Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) took heart from his fourth place on stage 2 and hopes to do even better in Vittel, even if his form is not as he’d like due to his recent bout of Glandular Fever.

     

    “It was nice to get fourth after six weeks of training but it was less about my form and more about my ability to jump on wheels,” Cavendish told a group of television crews at the start.

     

    “I looked at my power data. I could win smaller races with that but not do much in the Tour de France. We’ll see how it goes, we’ve got nine opportunities for a sprint. I got lucky the other day so maybe today too. I’m not too optimistic but ill give my best.”

  58. 40km remaining from 207.5km

    16:21:32 CEST

    Van Keirsbulck is about to hit the Col de Trois Fontaines, the 1.9km cat-4 climb. He does so with a lead that has been reduced to 2:10.

     

  59. 37km remaining from 207.5km

    16:28:55 CEST

    Van Keirsbulck grinds his way up the climb. He's shelling time but still giving it his all. A solitary KOM point is his reward at the top. 

  60. 16:30:33 CEST

    Le Gac is back at the medical car again. He's enjoyed plenty of time without having to pedal but this doesn't look great for him. Intestinal problems, we're hearing. 

     

  61. 16:37:50 CEST

    More from Cavendish

     

    “I’m tired and was on my knees yesterday. The other teams in our hotel said the same. People watching on TV perhaps want to see it split and prefer the mountain stages but when we’re all together is when it’s most tiring, we’re all trying to hang on. There was a headwind (yesterday) and so if you let the wheel go you had to pull hard, there wasn’t one metre of flat yesterday. I saw a lot of people suffering so that gave me more confidence I can finish the Tour."

     

  62. 26km remaining from 207.5km

    16:42:32 CEST

    Despite a brief period of keeping the peloton at bay, Van Keirsbulck's lead is falling again. 1:15 is how it stands. 

     

  63. 16:46:02 CEST

    A reminder that we're podcasting regularly from the Tour, and that you can find our latest episode - featuring Porte, Froome, Poulidor, and cats - at the following link. 

     

    Podcast: Porte attacks, Froome moves up, Contador cautious & Sagan on top

     

  64. 16:49:14 CEST

    Who do you fancy for the victory today? 

     

    There's certainly no shortage of candidates. Let me know your predictions via Twitter @paddyfletch.

     

  65. 20km remaining from 207.5km

    16:50:50 CEST

    Just over half a minute now for GVK as he enters the final 20km. His arms are still folded over his handlebars - they may be stuck there this evening. 

     

  66. 16:54:28 CEST

    There is indeed a slight ramp in the final kilometre. Here's how it looks. 

     

  67. 16.7km remaining from 207.5km

    16:56:01 CEST

    It's all over for Guillaume Van Keirsbulck. He mimes a cut-throat gesture to the cameras to indicate that he's cooked, and he's quickly forgotten as he's swallowed up with so much as a 'bonjour' from the passing peloton. Chapeau. 

     

  68. 16:57:28 CEST

    Van Keirsbulck drifts straight to the back of the peloton. His day is now about trying to hang on until the finish. 

  69. 13km remaining from 207.5km

    16:59:16 CEST

    It's still fairly calm in the peloton at the moment. Quick-Step are still well back. The fight for position hasn't started quite yet. 

  70. 17:00:05 CEST

    Astana are up there. They're looking after their two GC leaders. Sky are doing the same. FDJ have set up shop through the middle for Demare. 

     

  71. 10km remaining from 207.5km

    17:02:38 CEST

    Into the final 10km and the peloton is still spread across the road. From left to right, Katusha, Movistar, FDJ, Bora, Astana. 

  72. 17:04:06 CEST

    Quick-Step are still nowhere to be seen. No sweat here from Kittel. 

  73. 17:04:31 CEST

    Sunweb are also quite far down. Michael Matthews seems to have his sights set on Kittel's wheel. 

     

  74. 17:04:56 CEST

    Steve Cummings come to the front now for Dimension Data, working of course for Mark Cavendish. 

  75. 17:05:58 CEST

    An Astana rider remonstrates with the Dimension Data train as the pace picks up. Not quite sure what his problem is. 

     

  76. 6km remaining from 207.5km

    17:06:33 CEST

    Here come Cofidis now. Big day, this, for Bouhanni in his home region. Could this be the day he finally lands a Tour win?

     

  77. 5km remaining from 207.5km

    17:07:44 CEST

    Into the final 5km now. Katusha have faded away, drifting back some way towards Quick-Step. 

     

  78. 17:08:20 CEST

    Sky move up on the right as Katusha regain some control on the left. 

     

  79. 4km remaining from 207.5km

    17:08:54 CEST

    Katusha lead as it strings out. Cofidis are behind, with Sky more or less the third team down. 

     

  80. 17:09:23 CEST

    Lots of movement now as a Quick-Step riders moves forward. They've lost each other for the moment. 

     

  81. 3km remaining from 207.5km

    17:10:08 CEST

    Dimension Data look good here as Bernie Eisel does a big turn and hands over to Cummings. 

     

  82. 17:10:29 CEST

    Big left-hander and it strings out. DiData lead still.

     

  83. 2km remaining from 207.5km

    17:11:06 CEST

    Lotto Soudal are making an appearance now. DiData are burning matches with 2km to go

     

  84. 17:11:16 CEST

    Demare is behind Lotto

     

  85. 1.2km remaining from 207.5km

    17:11:57 CEST

    Cavendish lets a gap open to his leadout men, encouraging others to take it up

     

  86. 17:12:03 CEST

    Crash! Thomas down

     

  87. 17:12:16 CEST

    Here we go. Kittel caught up in the crash i think

     

  88. 17:12:22 CEST

    Lotto lead out

     

  89. 17:12:43 CEST

    Kristoff goes first

     

  90. 17:12:50 CEST

    Cavendish crashes!

     

  91. 17:12:57 CEST

    Demare wins!

     

  92. 17:13:29 CEST

    Wow. Cavendish went hard into the barriers. He's still on the deck. That looks bad. 

     

  93. 17:13:53 CEST

    Thomas is rolling across the line. He looks ok. He won't lose any time 

     

  94. 17:15:38 CEST

    Replays show that Cavendish bumped shoulders with Sagan and was forced into the barriers, which he bounced off before landing heavily on his shoulder. Cavendish is receiving medial attention on the road, barely 50 metres from the line. 

     

  95. 17:18:42 CEST

    Amid the chaos, Demare galloped through for a victory for a famous win in the French champion's jersey. His surge was impressive, and he burst past Kristoff, who had to settle for third as Sagan came up for second. 

  96. 17:19:53 CEST

    The overhead replay is not kind to Sagan, who appears to make a deliberate movement with his arm as he collides with Cavendish. Apparently he was angry with Greipel. There's going to be plenty of fall-out from this. 

  97. 17:21:23 CEST

    Greipel took fourth in the sprint, Bouhanni fifth. There were only five in it, really, after such a hectic final kilometre. 

  98. 17:22:50 CEST

    Sagan is paying a visit to the Dimension Data team bus. 

     

     

  99. 17:23:55 CEST

    Top 10

     

    1 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 04:53:54
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 00:00:00
    3 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 00:00:00
    4 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 00:00:00
    5 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 00:00:00
    6 Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie 00:00:00
    7 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 00:00:07
    8 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 00:00:07
    9 Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 00:00:10
    10 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal 00:00:10

     

  100. 17:25:57 CEST

    Sagan has taken the blame for that crash and has apologised to Cavendish, who has his hand bandaged. 

     

  101. 17:26:55 CEST

    Geraint Thomas appears to be unscathed. 

     

  102. 17:30:19 CEST

    We'll be keeping this live blog open for all the post-stage fall-out and reaction, with plenty of quotes to come in from the main protagonists as we get them. 

     

  103. 17:34:20 CEST

    "Greipel was angry with me but I don't know why, you'd have to ask him," says Sagan. 

     

    My colleague Brecht Decaluwe has asked him, and has sent this update from the Lotto bus. "Greipel mad at Sagan because he doesn't follow the rules, thinks he's the king. Also caused trouble in the intermediate sprint."

     

    More on that to come...

     

  104. 17:34:42 CEST

    General Classification after stage 4


    1 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 14:54:25
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 00:00:07
    3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 00:00:12
    4 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 00:00:12
    5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 00:00:16
    6 Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 00:00:25
    7 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 00:00:30
    8 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 00:00:32
    9 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 00:00:32
    10 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 00:00:33

     

  105. 17:35:16 CEST

    So, bonus seconds take Sagan above Froome into second place overall. Demare is into the top 10, too. 

     

  106. 17:38:53 CEST

    "If I was Sagan, I'd apologise for that," says Cavendish's DS Roger Hammond. 

     

    "Mark is being looked at by the doctor. A crash that close to finish is never good. We have doctor on board and then he will go to radiology. He's hit the ground flat out. It's too early to say, you have the obvious injuries - the cuts and you can see his hand - but it's too early to say what the damage is."

  107. 17:46:56 CEST

    Mark Cavendish speaks to a huge scrum of reporters

     

    "Injury-wise I'm going to go and get it checked out," he says. "I will definitely need stitches in this finger, it's bleeding a lot. With the shoulder, it might be something to do with a previous injury, it's sat backwards so i'm not sure if I've done something to the ligament. I'm not a doctor but from the feelings i'm not optimistic."

     

    He is also asked about what caused the crash and how he feels about Sagan. 

     

    "I was just following Demare round, and then Sagan just came over. I get on with Peter well but I don't get it... if he came across it's one thing, but the elbow... 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."

     

  108. 17:48:53 CEST

    Geraint Thomas, still in yellow, speaks to ITV in the mixed zone. 

     

    "I'm all right," he reassures. "It was just a crash in front of me, and I had nowhere to go. You want to stay up front out of trouble but in the sprints that's where it happens, I guess. it's one of those really, you're just hoping nothing happens in front, and it did today. 

     

    "Chris [Froome] was a bit behind me so I think he managed to get around it, so he's all ok."
     

     

  109. 17:50:18 CEST

    Also hearing that Lotto Soudal manager Marc Sergeant has spoken to the jury as well. He claims Sagan elbowed Greipel yesterday. 

     

  110. 17:52:45 CEST

    Bora say they will review the footage before making a statement. 

     

  111. 18:00:37 CEST

    We're hearing that Sagan has been docked 30 seconds. They complaints are ongoing, though, and that may be subject to change. 

     

  112. 18:05:06 CEST

    It seems that Degenkolb and Swift, both also taken out as Cavendish fell into the road, are ok. 

     

  113. 18:06:08 CEST

    Here is the revised top 10 on the stage after Sagan's demotion. 

     

    1 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 04:53:54
    2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 00:00:00
    3 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 00:00:00
    4 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 00:00:00
    5 Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie 00:00:00
    6 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 00:00:00
    7 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 00:00:00
    8 Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 00:00:00
    9 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal 00:00:00
    10 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors 00:00:00

     

  114. 18:08:29 CEST

  115. 18:09:26 CEST

    This is the moment it happened. Cavendish is the green bike on the ground. 

     

     

  116. 18:13:14 CEST

    Here are Lotto Soudal manager Marc Sergeant's full quotes to Eurosport

     

    “I asked André. He was quite pissed by the attitude of Sagan, making some moves which he shouldn’t make. Yesterday it was the same thing in the intermediate sprint, he gave an elbow to André and he was a little bit pissed yesterday already. Twice in a row is too much. Greipel was saying, ‘He isn’t my friend anymore from now on.’ That was 20 metres past the finish line.”

     

  117. 18:15:27 CEST

    Amid the madness, it's easy to lose sight of our stage winner, Arnaud Demare (though there are question marks over whether he himself deviated from his line). Here he is celebrating his first Tour de France stage win. 

     

     

  118. 18:25:28 CEST

    We're now hearing that Sagan has been docked points as well as seconds, moving him down the green jersey standings. 

  119. 18:27:28 CEST

    Sagan started the day on 50 points and should have made it 95 thanks to second place at the intermediate sprint and again at the finish. 

     

    However, it seems he is down to 15, meaning he has lost the 30 points for his second place finish, and been docked another 50 on top of that. 

  120. 18:29:01 CEST

    Demare is currently sitting down for his press conference. His green jersey hopes just got a whole lot brighter, and he'll no doubt be asked about that. 

  121. 18:30:02 CEST

    Mark Cavendish crosses the line with blood still pouring through his bandaged hand. 

     

     

  122. 18:31:06 CEST

    You can see plenty more photos, along with full results, in our stage 4 report. 

     

    Tour de France: Demare wins in Vittel

     

  123. 18:32:08 CEST

    "I just heard news that Sagan lost 80 points," says Demare.

     

    "The jury showed guts to sanction the world champion, today's star of cycling. Now I've got a chance for green."

  124. 18:58:59 CEST

    Peter Sagan has been disqualified from the 2017 Tour de France after a crash in the finale of stage 4. Report coming soon!

     

  125. 18:59:44 CEST

    Read our brief report about Sagan's disqualification 

     

  126. 19:08:03 CEST

    News of Sagan's disqualification is certain to ripple throughout the Tour caravan and social media. The fall out is just starting.

     

  127. 19:10:22 CEST

    Bora-Hansgrohe will have to make some big adjustments to their Tour plans. Is Rafal Majka's GC effort on point?

     

  128. 19:14:23 CEST

    It was a bold move by the race jury to kick the world champion and cycling's biggest star out of the race. At this point, Sagan's team can attempt to appeal the ruling, but it's not clear yet if any avenues remain open. 

     

    Cavendish, meanwhile, has been checked out at a hospital and suffered no fractures. It's not yet clear if he'll start stage 4 on Wednesday.

     

    “I get on with Peter well,” he said before being taken away for check-ups.

    “But if he came across that’s one thing, but the elbow I’m not a fan of him putting his elbow in me like that. Like I said, I get on with Peter, a crash is a crash but I just need to know about the elbow really."

     

  129. 19:28:31 CEST

    Sagan's team may have an appeal based on UCI rules, which call for relegation to last in the group for a first offence, relegation to the back of the field for a second offence and, finally, disqualification for the third offence. However, the jury may have judged this to be an "act of violence", which would bring the DSQ.

     

  130. 19:30:11 CEST

    NBC Sports got the jury's announcement on video:

     

  131. 19:31:35 CEST

    “We applied article 12.104, irregular sprints, in which case commissaires are allowed to enforce a judgement to disqualify a rider and amend a fine.”


    Read more about the decision HERE

     

  132. 19:50:02 CEST

    It doesn't look like there is a way back in the race for Sagan. The jury's decisions are final, accoding to UCI rules.


    He was fined 200chf, and the rule book says: "Decisions by the Commissaires Panel or the referee on race incidents shall not be open to appeal unless a fine exceeding 200chf is imposed."

     

  133. 21:09:02 CEST

    Sadhbh O'Shea has the latest from Dimension Data on Mark Cavendish's conditions.

     

    Read her report HERE.

  134. 21:41:58 CEST

    Forgotten among all the controversy over Sagan's DSQ is Arnaud Demare's first Grand Tour win and the first French win of Tour sprint stage since Jimmy Casper's in 2006.

     

    Our Brecht Decaluwé has the story, which will be on the site soon.

     

  135. 21:57:07 CEST

    Peter Sagan isn't the first rider to be disqualified from the Tour de France, of course. We've compiled a list of some other high-profile early exits from the race.

     

  136. 22:27:48 CEST

    Well, that's it for a very eventful day at the Tour de France. Join us tomorrow for stage 5, which offers the first true mountains test of the race.

     

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