Stage 4 – a crashing sprint at Tour de France
Tour de France 2017.
MONDORF-LES-BAINS (LUX) – VITTEL– 207,5 km / Stage 4
Vittel, France, July 4th – Another sprint stage, another sprint crescendo.
Fourth stage of Tour de France started today in Mondorf-Les-Bains, Luxembourg.
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (WGG) went alone into a solo breakaway with almost 13 minutes ahead of the bunch.
As today’s stage was characterized as another battle for sprinters the same scenario was to be expected like on past 2 stages. TBM had the same strategy as for the 2 prior stages and get Sonny Colbrelli to the point for attack.
It was an extraordinary sprint with a clash and real fighting for the positions. An elbow push of Peter Sagan (BOH) to Mark Cavendish (DDD) was a brutal ice hockey manoeuvre and Cavendish fell against the barriers and then innocent riders John Dagenkolb (TFS) and Ben Swift (UAD) dived across Cavendish. Lots of talks, accusations and pressure about that crash will come in next hours and in the following days. Arnaud Demare (FDJ) won this dramatic stage ahead of Alexander Kristof (KAT) and André Greipel (LTS).
After such scenario, Sonny Colbrelli noticed “With 3 km to go I had a contact with a rider of Team Sky and I went off the road. After I’ve seen what happened later at the sprint, perhaps it’s for the best, because I could’ve been involved in that crash too. I tried to come back to the front group, but it was difficult and the speed was really high. The most important thing today is that I finished safe the stage”.
Update h 19.15 : Peter Sagan disqualified from Tour de France. Commissaires’ panel decided to exclude the World Champion for causing the crash of Mark Cavendish.