Tour preview: Stage 4

With a fond au revoir to the UK, the peloton hails a cheery bonjour to France. This is definitely a stage to make the sprinters rub their hands in anticipation of glory and securing more points for the green jersey.

Tuesday 8th July: Stage 4 – Le Touquet-Paris-Plague to Lille Metropole, flat, 163.5km

TdF 2014 St 4 profile

As the riders roll out of the elegant and fashionable Le Touquet, they face a rolling parcours containing two cat 4 climbs. Expect to see a breakaway go, but kept on a tight leash until the sprint teams reel them in for a final, frantic last 20km. The finish is more likely to suit the pure speedsters so look to the usual suspects: double stage winner Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano), Peter Sagan (Cannondale), Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol), who has been a little off-colour so far, and Bryan Coquard (Europcar), who has been active so far in his first Tour and sits third in the green jersey standings.

The last 3km is relatively uncomplicated, although the finishing straight is short, narrow and curves gently to the left, which could result in some excitement at the very end.

Adding an extra pinch of spice to the proceedings, finishing positions today will dictate the position of team cars for tomorrow’s stage over the Roubaix pavé. No GC team will want to be near the back of the queue for handing out replacement bikes and wheels.

Link: Official website

Header image: Lille

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.