Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Gaviria fastest again on day four as Van…

Gaviria fastest again on day four as Van…

When it came to the business end though his lead out train was infiltrated by another rider, he got out of position and could not respond when the eventual victor Fernando Gaviria launched his attack pursued by Peter Sagan and Andre Greipel.

SARZEAU, France (AP) - Colombia's Fernando Gaviria won for the second time in four stages at the Tour de France on Tuesday, while Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet kept the yellow leader's jersey.

Gaviria (Quick-step Floors) was the first across the line in the peloton followed by Greipel (Lotto Soudal).

Nobody is writing off Mark Cavendish yet - he takes far too much pleasure proving his doubters wrong - but he is struggling to harness the power in those famously fast legs.

"He is faster than me", said Sagan, the three-time defending world champion who excels in finishes on slight ascents. "Lets see tomorrow how he does where there's a bit of climbing".

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) took his second stage win of the 2018 Tour de France, winning Stage 4 in Sarzeau ahead of sprint rivals Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal).

Adam Yates stayed upright and his Mitchelton-Scott squad repaid the faith in him as their sole leader with a fine performance that meant he lost just 9 seconds to Porte and even less to Thomas and Froome, not to mention taking plenty of time back on raw climbers to boot. The 2014 champion Vincenzo Nibali was 19th (1:06), Romain Bardet 20th (1:15) and Nairo Quintana was 48th (2:08).

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At one point, the quartet were eight minutes clear of the peloton and they maintained their lead for more than 190km before finally being caught in the closing stages as the pack combined to reel them in.

The Tour will spend three more days in northeastern Brittany, where fans waved black-and-white striped Breton flag on the roadside as the peloton rolled through the country villages.

Wednesday's fifth stage is a 204.5 km hilly ride from Lorient to Quimper that should favour the one-day Belgian classic specialists such as Van Avermaet.

As such, this was the third instalment in the sprint battles that dominated the weekend before the team time-trial, as the sprinters' teams fought the nervy GC contenders for position at the head of affairs seeking to avoid the kind of dramas that blighted the opening weekend.

During Tuesday's stage, several syringes were seen alongside the course route in apparent protest by anti-Froome spectators.

The three-week Tour ends July 29 in Paris.

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