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Gaviria pips Viviani to win the fourth stage of the Tour of Britain

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Fernando Gaviria took his first victory in the 2017 Tour of Britain in another tight bunch sprint.

The Quick-Step Floors rider beat Elia Viviani (Team Sky) by less than a wheel’s width in a sprint finish in Newark-on-Trent. The Italian still had reason to celebrate as he moved back into the race lead after Caleb Ewan finished outside the top 10.

Ewan is level on time with Viviani with four stages remaining, but the Orica-Scott star has lost the green jersey with the Italian boasting greater consistency.

Gaviria now sits third but trails by just six seconds, with Thursday’s fifth stage a 16km time trial in Essex’s Clacton-on-Sea.

“I’ve been coming back from an injury on my left leg. Every day has been going a little bit better. Today everything felt good,” Gaviria said.

Tour of Britain 2017 – stage 4 results (Mansfield – Newark-on-Trent):

1Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)

3:43:31

2Elia Viviani (Team Sky)

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3Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin)

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4Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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5Alan Banaszek (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)

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6Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

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7Harry Tanfield (BIKE Channel Canyon)

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8Enzo Wouters (Lotto Soudal)

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9Nikolas Maes (Lotto Soudal)

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10Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin)

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General classification after stage 4:

1Elia Viviani (Team Sky)

17:38:05

2Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott)

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3Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)

+06”

4Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)

+07”

5Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin)

+12”

6Karol Domagalski (ONE)

+14”

7Silvan Dillier (BMC)

+15”

8Kamil Gradek (ONE)

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9Lars Boom (LottoNl-Jumbo)

+18”

10Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors)

+20”

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