Tour de France: Demare wins in Vittel

Arnaud Démare (FDJ) won a hectic sprint into Vittel to take his first win at the Tour de France, but his success was overshadowed by a high-speed crash in the finishing straight that left Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) on the ground and saw Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) disqualified from the race for sparking the crash.

Démare was ahead of the carnage in a select group of sprinters that had avoided a crash with a kilometre to go that involved race leader Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and several others. He came past French rival Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) along the barriers and then cut to the centre of the road to beat Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin) at the line.

Behind him riders fought for his wheel. Cavendish was there but Sagan moved to the barriers to follow the Démare, not seeing or not caring that Cavendish was coming up fast. It was a risky move by the Manxman to try to follow Démare but his only other option was to brake and lose any chance in the sprint. He chose to take a risk but as the sprinters rippled towards the barriers, his way through was closed. Cavendish tried to stay upwards but lost his balance and hit the barriers at speed.

Sagan made matters worse by sticking out his elbow as he tried to stay up. Behind them, John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Ben Swift (UAE TeamEmirates) had nowhere to go and flew over the top of Cavendish, who was already lying on the ground.

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Cavendish got up but had suffered multiple injuries, including to the shoulder he injured in the 2014 Tour de France sprint crash in Harrogate, and a cut to a finger.

"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," Cavendish said of his injuries before questioning Sagan's move in the sprint.

"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. A crash is a crash, but I'd just like to know about the elbow."

Sagan went to the Dimension Data bus to apologise but he did not get a warm welcome.

"Mark was coming pretty fast from the back," Sagan said. "I didn't have time to react and go left and he just came to me and after into the fence."

The UCI commissaires didn't agree and after seeing the replay of the sprint several times, they first relegated Sagan to 115th place – the last place in the group that finished on the same time, and gave him a 30-second penalty. Two hours after the finish of the stage the UCI commissaires appeared in the Tour de France pressroom to confirm that Sagan had been disqualified altogether.

Late drama

It had been a very quiet stage, marked only by a courageous long solo breakaway by Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), but it ended with the biggest rider in the sport being thrown out of the race.

While much of the post-stage attention was on the crash and Sagan's disqualification, Démare and his FDJ team celebrated their success. It was Démare's first Tour stage win, and the first victory by a Frenchman in a bunch sprint since Jimmy Casper won in Strasbourg in 2006.

"This win is extraordinary. It's marvellous. I've dreamed about winning a stage at the Tour de France since turning professional," Démare said.

"It was tough in my first Tour in 2014 but today I had really strong team, even with a guy like Mikel Delage doing his bit despite being injured. He helped me stay up front, then Cimolai and Jacopo Guarnieri lead me out. I thought I was going to lose it in the final metres but I had good legs and I got it."

In the final official results, Kristoff was confirmed as second, with Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) third and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) fourth.

The rest of the peloton finished in small groups due to the two crashes and testing finish.

Overall leader Geraint Thomas (Sky) crossed the line several minutes after Démare but thanks to the rules for crashes inside the final three kilometres, he was given the same time as the Frenchman and so kept the yellow jersey

"Luckily I'm okay. I managed to scrub off a lot of speed but there was nowhere to go really. That's the way it goes. I'm used to crashing so it's fine! I'm all okay," he said, confirming that teammate and team leader Chris Froome had avoided the crash.

"Froomey is fine and he managed to miss it all. It was a good day in the saddle for him. It wasn't nice to ride past Cav still on the floor. These sprints are just always hectic."

Thomas will wear the leader's yellow jersey during Wednesday's 160km fifth stage to La Planche des Belles Filles. It is the first mountain finish of this year's race and should see the first battle amongst the overall contenders.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ4:53:54
2Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-AlpecinRow 1 - Cell 2
3André Greipel (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 2 - Cell 2
4Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 3 - Cell 2
5Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 4 - Cell 2
6Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 5 - Cell 2
7Michael Matthews (Aus) Team SunwebRow 6 - Cell 2
8Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 7 - Cell 2
9Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 8 - Cell 2
10Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 9 - Cell 2
11Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension DataRow 10 - Cell 2
12Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 11 - Cell 2
13Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step FloorsRow 12 - Cell 2
14Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 13 - Cell 2
15Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 14 - Cell 2
16Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 15 - Cell 2
17Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJRow 17 - Cell 2
19Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 19 - Cell 2
21Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Christopher Froome (GBr) Team SkyRow 21 - Cell 2
23Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 22 - Cell 2
24Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 26 - Cell 2
28Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 28 - Cell 2
30Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 30 - Cell 2
32Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 31 - Cell 2
33Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 33 - Cell 2
35Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 34 - Cell 2
36Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 35 - Cell 2
37Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 36 - Cell 2
38Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-ScottRow 37 - Cell 2
39Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 39 - Cell 2
41Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 40 - Cell 2
42Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 42 - Cell 2
44Adam James Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 43 - Cell 2
45Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 44 - Cell 2
46Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-ScottRow 45 - Cell 2
47Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJRow 48 - Cell 2
50Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 49 - Cell 2
51Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension DataRow 50 - Cell 2
52Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 51 - Cell 2
53Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-MeridaRow 52 - Cell 2
54Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 53 - Cell 2
55Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 54 - Cell 2
56Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-ScottRow 55 - Cell 2
57Sergio Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 56 - Cell 2
58Daniel Mclay (GBr) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 57 - Cell 2
59Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 58 - Cell 2
60Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-AlpecinRow 59 - Cell 2
61Roy Curvers (Ned) Team SunwebRow 60 - Cell 2
62Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 62 - Cell 2
64Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 63 - Cell 2
65Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 64 - Cell 2
66Florian Vachon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 65 - Cell 2
67Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 67 - Cell 2
69Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 68 - Cell 2
70Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 70 - Cell 2
72Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 72 - Cell 2
74Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-ScottRow 73 - Cell 2
75Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-ScottRow 74 - Cell 2
76Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step FloorsRow 75 - Cell 2
77Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 76 - Cell 2
78Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 77 - Cell 2
79Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team EmiratesRow 78 - Cell 2
80Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 79 - Cell 2
81Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 80 - Cell 2
82Warren Barguil (Fra) Team SunwebRow 81 - Cell 2
83Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 83 - Cell 2
85Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 84 - Cell 2
86Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 85 - Cell 2
87Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 86 - Cell 2
88Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 87 - Cell 2
89Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 88 - Cell 2
90Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 89 - Cell 2
91Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 91 - Cell 2
93Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 94 - Cell 2
96Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 96 - Cell 2
98Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 97 - Cell 2
99George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 98 - Cell 2
100Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 100 - Cell 2
102Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 101 - Cell 2
103Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-DrapacRow 102 - Cell 2
104Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 103 - Cell 2
105Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 104 - Cell 2
106Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 105 - Cell 2
107Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team EmiratesRow 106 - Cell 2
108Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 107 - Cell 2
109Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 108 - Cell 2
110Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-ScottRow 109 - Cell 2
111Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 110 - Cell 2
112Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 111 - Cell 2
113Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJRow 112 - Cell 2
114Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-AlpecinRow 113 - Cell 2
115Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 114 - Cell 2
116Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:53
117Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJRow 116 - Cell 2
118Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
119Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-MeridaRow 118 - Cell 2
120Simon Geschke (Ger) Team SunwebRow 119 - Cell 2
121Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
122Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
123Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 122 - Cell 2
124Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:02:11
125Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 124 - Cell 2
126Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 125 - Cell 2
127Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 126 - Cell 2
128Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
129Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb0:02:15
130Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 129 - Cell 2
131Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 130 - Cell 2
132Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 131 - Cell 2
133Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 132 - Cell 2
134Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - OscaroRow 133 - Cell 2
135Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 134 - Cell 2
136Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJRow 135 - Cell 2
137Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 136 - Cell 2
138Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:02:15
139Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 138 - Cell 2
140Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:15
141Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team EmiratesRow 140 - Cell 2
142Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 141 - Cell 2
143Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 142 - Cell 2
144Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:02:15
145Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-DrapacRow 144 - Cell 2
146Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 145 - Cell 2
147Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 146 - Cell 2
148Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 147 - Cell 2
149Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-SegafredoRow 148 - Cell 2
150Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 149 - Cell 2
151Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 150 - Cell 2
152Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 151 - Cell 2
153Mikel Landa (Spa) Team SkyRow 152 - Cell 2
154Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team SkyRow 153 - Cell 2
155Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 154 - Cell 2
156Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 155 - Cell 2
157Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 156 - Cell 2
158John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-SegafredoRow 157 - Cell 2
159Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension DataRow 158 - Cell 2
160Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:56
161Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 160 - Cell 2
162Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 161 - Cell 2
163Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:09
164Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:03:12
165Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 164 - Cell 2
166Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 165 - Cell 2
167Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 166 - Cell 2
168Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott0:03:12
169Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 168 - Cell 2
170Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 169 - Cell 2
171Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 170 - Cell 2
172Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:30
173Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-MeridaRow 172 - Cell 2
174Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 173 - Cell 2
175Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 174 - Cell 2
176Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-DrapacRow 175 - Cell 2
177Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data0:03:48
178Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 177 - Cell 2
179Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJRow 178 - Cell 2
180Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data0:03:57
181Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 180 - Cell 2
182Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ0:03:57
183Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 182 - Cell 2
184Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 183 - Cell 2
185Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 184 - Cell 2
186Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 185 - Cell 2
187Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension DataRow 186 - Cell 2
188Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data0:03:57
189Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 188 - Cell 2
190Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 189 - Cell 2
191Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step FloorsRow 190 - Cell 2
192Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 191 - Cell 2
193Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 192 - Cell 2
194Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 193 - Cell 2