Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) sprinted to the victory on stage 4 of the Tour de France. Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Emirates) came home 2nd and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) took 3rd place.
Stage 4 of the Tour de France was raced over 213km, from Reimes to Nancy. While it was by no means a pan flat stage, it was certainly a clear opportunity for the sprinters today.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were once again going all in for our Italian, Giacomo Nizzolo. With big open roads in the final, a strong leadout was important to keep your sprinter in a good position. We had Lars Bak, Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg, Ben King and Edvald Boasson Hagen all on-hand to deliver Nizzolo to the line.
Our train was looking good leading into the final kilometer, before slightly losing each other thereafter. This saw Nizzolo slip down a few spots and he had to start his sprint from around 10th wheel. With bodies in front him, it was difficult for Nizzolo to carve out a gap and so would end the stage in 7th place.
“The team did an amazing job today, unfortunately I lost some position in the hectic final, so plans had to change because I was stuck behind some guys at 450m to go. I still had good legs, so I sprinted from behind, eventually finishing 7th. Okay, it’s not the result I was hoping for, but the team did an amazing job and we were right there. So we look forward to the next stages and we will try again.” – Giacomo Nizzolo
There were was not much further to report on our other riders, all finishing today’s sprint stage safely in the bunch. Roman Kreuziger even managing to gain a few GC spots, now up to 33rd overall heading into tomorrow’s punchy stage.