Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – QuickStep) won a bunch sprint into Nancy on Tuesday. The Italian bested Alexander Kristoff (UAE) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) following the 213-kilometer stage.
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – QuickStep) remains in the yellow jersey following stage four as Mike Woods cracked the general classification top 10, 51-seconds down on Alaphilippe. Two seconds further back, Rigoberto Uran is in 13th overall, Tejay van Garderen in 14th overall.
The first attacked parlayed into the first escape. Lotto-Soudal’s Maxime Monfort assumed responsibility for controlling the gap to Michael Schär (CCC) and Wanty-Gobert pair Yohann Offredo and Frederik Backaert for the majority of the stage. The breakaway rejoined the peloton 15-kilometers from the finish line.
Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Energie) launched a counter-move, slipping away solo, but was unable to pull off an upset. The peloton, sprint teams jostling for position at the front up, overtook Calmejane six kilometers from the line.
EF Education First Pro Cycling’s objective on stage four was similar to its objective on stage one: look for every opportunity to conserve while prioritizing safety above all else.
While Mike Woods suffered a fall during the final hour of racing, he escaped uninjured.
Comments from the team
Team boss Jonathan Vaughters says:
“Today was just one of those annoying days in the Tour where it’s tense all day long but nothing happens.”
Tour de France first-timer Mike Woods says:
“The crash was a result of a small lapse in focus. I was chatting with someone, looked to my side, and all of a sudden a bunch of guys grabbed their brakes in front of me. I almost stayed upright but ended up on my elbow. There’s a small cut to my left elbow, but it’s really insignificant. I’m okay.”
The second stage of the Tour de France was a flat, fast 27.6-kilometer team time…