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Elia Viviani claims his first ever Tour de France win in stage 4

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Elia Viviani claimed his first career stage win on the Tour de France after storming a bunch sprint on Tuesday.

Viviani was ideally set up by the Deceuninck-Quick Step leadout train in the finale and made the most of the slight uphill finish in the eastern city of Nancy. He used his considerable power to edge Alexander Kristoff and Caleb Ewan and claim the fourth stage.

The 213.5-kilometer (133-mile) flat route from Reims to Nancy did not pose any major difficulty and was a perfect opportunity for sprinters to get a stage win.

Viviani’s teammate Julian Alaphilippe, the first Frenchman to wear the yellow jersey in five years after his solo victory in Stage 3, kept the overall lead, with no change at the top of the overall standings.

Both men hugged warmly after their team produced a second straight stage win.

Kristoff opened up the sprint in the final stretch but could not hold off Viviani on the left side of the road.

Viviani has now posted stage wins at all three Grand Tours, including four at the Giro and three at the Vuelta.

Alaphilippe enjoyed a day free of pressure, well protected in the main pack by teammates, and then played a role in the final sprint to launch Viviani’s final effort.

Defending champion Geraint Thomas and other main contenders enjoyed a calm day too, just making sure they rode at the front to avoid crashes or splits.



Tour de France 2019 – stage 4 results (Reims – Nancy):

1Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

5:09:20

2Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)

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3Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)

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4Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

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5Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma)

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6Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma)

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7Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data)

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8Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

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9Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

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10Christophe Laporte (Cofidis)

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11Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)

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12André Greipel (Arkea Samsic)

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13Niccolò Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie)

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14Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida)

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15Ivan Garcia (Bahrain-Merida)

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16Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Gobert)

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17Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin)

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18Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida)

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19Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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20Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Gobert)

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Tour de France 2019 – general classification after stage 4:

1Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

14:41:39

2Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)

+20”

3Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma)

+25”

4George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)

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5Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

+40”

6Egan Bernal (Team Ineos)

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7Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos)

+45”

8Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

+46”

9Greg Van Avermaet (CCC)

+51”

10Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)

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11Michael Woods (EF Education First)

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12Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)

+52”

13Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First)

+53”

14Tejay Van Garderen (EF Education First)

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15Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida)

+56”

16Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ)

+57”

17David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ)

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18Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

+01’00”

19Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb)

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20Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)

+01’01”