Team hold station on sprint day

09 Jul 2019

Team hold station on sprint day

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Tour de France – Stage four: Reims – Nancy, 213.5km

Strong teamwork and a bunch sprint ensured that Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas retained their positions in the overall top 10 after four stages of the Tour de France.
A flat course suited the sprinters and the team worked hard to position their leaders safely on a fast and hectic run into Nancy.
With Michal Kwiatkowski and Dylan van Baarle driving the duo into the final three kilometres, safe from time loss, it eventually came down to the sprinters.
Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) edged out his rivals in the headwind sprint, while team-mate Julian Alaphilippe retained the yellow jersey.
The top 10 went unchanged on the day, ensuring Bernal and Thomas still sit sixth and seventh respectively.
Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas

On the descent with 10km to go I didn't dare look at my Garmin. I was just looking in front, making sure I stayed upright.

- Geraint Thomas
"If it had been a bit windier it might have been different. The main crosswind bits were right at the start. It was a nice day until 50km to go and then it was just chaos and stressful. I'm happy to get that day ticked off. 
"On the descent with 10km to go I didn't dare look at my Garmin. I was just looking in front, making sure I stayed upright. 
"The team have been amazing. I haven’t had to do anything – just follow the wheels – and everyone has done their job perfectly. It’s been ideal. 

"I've been training and working hard. Stage six will be more about what you do in training, rather than yesterday's stage with an explosive finish. I'm looking forward to it. There will be gaps and people will still go hell for leather to win the stage."

What's Next?

Stage five presents a more hilly test as a precursor to the first summit finish on stage six. A trio of climbs in the final half of the stage will slim down the bunch, ensuring those with a fast finish will need to dig deep to reach the line.

Stage four result:

1. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 5:09:20
2. Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates) s.t.
3. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)
4. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
5. Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma)
23. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS)
54. Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS)

Overall Standings:

1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 14:41:39
2. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) +20”
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) +25"
4. George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
5. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) +40"
6. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) s.t.
7. Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) +45"

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