Tour de France 2018: stage four – live!

10 July 2018 11:55
Updates from the 195km stage between La Baule and SarzeauFroome makes up ground as Van Avermaet takes yellowAnd you can email Barry or tweet @bglendenning 12.55pm BST 176km to go: And I’m al;ready running out of things to say. This is clearly shaping up to be one of those leisurely stages where the breakaway stays clear of the peloton until the final kilometres of the stage, deluding themselves with the notion that this might just be their day, before getting swallowed up by the bunch as the sprinters prepare to duke it out for the win on today’s four-kilometre finishing straight. 12.48pm BST 180km to go: The gap from the four escapees to the peloton is now at 5min 59sec, with the bunch making no effort whatsoever to reel them in.Those leaders again: Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Wanty), Jérôme Cousin (Direct Energie), Dimitri Claeys (Cofidis) and Anthony Perez (Cofidis). That’s two Belgians and two Frenchmen, who are all obviously in a rush to get to the team hotel and watch tonight’s World Cup semi-final. 12.42pm BST 12.39pm BST 186km to go: The four-man breakaway have opened a gap of 2min 45sec on the bunch, which is being headed by assorted Sky and BMC riders. 12.36pm BST 191km to go: Your four-man breakaway: Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Wanty), Jérôme Cousin (Direct Energie), Dimitri Claeys and Anthony Perez (Cofidis). On the UK TV coverage, co-comms guy David Millar suggests that the riders of Cofidis have clearly had the mother of all dressing downs from their directeur sportif after their awful time-trial effort yesterday. 12.30pm BST They’re racing: Christian Prudhomme drops the flag and the attacks start. There’s an immediate breakaway of four riders, including two from Cofidis. 12.28pm BST A couple of mechanicals and a crash: Christian Prudhomme emerges from his car’s sun-roof and signals to the peloton to slow down. A couple of riders have crashed and Bora Hansgrohe rider Marcus Burghardt has crashed. They’ll start racing once the trio have rejoined the bunch. 12.26pm BST Tour de France bingo: The riders continue their roll-out, waiting for the flag to signal the beginning of the day’s racing and in an adjacent field, a blonde woman in a billowing dress gallops alongside them on a horse, waving her straw hat. It’s a Tour staple that never gets old or tired. 12.19pm BST From Vendée to La Baule, thanks for the warm welcome @paysdelaloire! See you! De la Vendée à La Baule, merci pour l'accueil @paysdelaloire ! #TDF2018 pic.twitter.com/6UXiZX3RUx 12.11pm BST Off we go: The picturesque setting of La Baule is the setting for today’s roll-out, which is scheduled to last about 20 minutes before the day’s racing begins in earnest.It’s a sunny day with little wind, writes minute-by-minute reporter from London bunker, which may detract from the afternoon’s excitement. As is customary, the riders are being led out by an official Tour car containing race director Christian Prudhomme. 12.04pm BST The top 10 on General Classification: Following BMC’s victory in yesterday’s team time-trial, the Belgian Classics specialist and Olympic road race champion Greg van Avermaet will start today’s stage in the yellow jersey. 12.04pm BST Stage three report: Jeremy Whittle was in Cholet to see Greg van Avermaet get zipped into the yellow jersey, while Chris Froome and Team Sky also enjoyed a good day. The poor start endured by Mark Cavendish’s Dimension Data team showed no sign of getting better. Related: Chris Froome makes up lost time as Sky just miss out on third Tour stage 12.04pm BST From William Fotheringham’s stage guide: Into the cycling heartland of Brittany for a third sprint day - no wonder the young Australian fastman Caleb Ewan was devastated to be left out. The race should have a more controlled pattern now – breakaway, chase, sprint – where it is to be hoped that Peter Sagan will stay in a straight line avoiding last year’s controversy. Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian