100km to go
The breakaway crosses the 100 km mark shortly after starting the third category climb.
The break is about to start the Col du Festre (7.6 km, 5.3%), the first ascent of the day.
A brief video overview of this intermediate peloton sprint:
💚 A well-fought Intermediate Sprint in the peloton saw 🇮🇪 @Sammmy_Be prevail! 💚 A hotly contested intermediate sprint in the peloton! It’s 🇮🇪 Sam Bennett who comes first! # TDF2020 #TDFunited pic.twitter.com/eafqmhUhi4September 1, 2020
103km to go
Bennet hit 70 km / h in this intermediate sprint after hopping off Michael Mørkøv’s wheel. It was quick.
Bennett then takes Sagan’s green. He was five points behind the Slovak but made up for those points.
Nizzolo, Coquard and Trentino also grabbed a few points. A number of runners – Ewan, Greipel, Bol – were nowhere to be found.
Bennett takes all nine points for seventh place. Sagan was just the sixth man above the line in the peloton after a savage effort ended with him being boxed. Four points for him, then.
Total Direct Energie paved the way for a sprint. Sagan sits on Bennett’s wheel.
Sam Bennett and Peter Sagan lead the pack ahead of the sprint.
Politt led the break in the sprint ahead of Burgaudeau and Benoot.
Nine points at one point offered for the peloton.
☀️☀️☀️💛 # TDF2020 pic.twitter.com/XzUDPZGqxYS September 1, 2020
111km to go
2km to go until the sprint now. 3h10 between the break and the peloton. No real change in the situation.
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121km to go
3:25 between the break and the peloton. There is 11km left until the intermediate sprint, so we should see Sagan and his teammates jumping from the peloton there.
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The runners break away from the peloton for nature breaks. No worries in the main group.
The wind is not too strong, so there is no risk of big divisions in the peloton here.
The wind is blowing on these flat roads and the peloton is stretched out in single file under the steady pace at the front.
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134km to go
Not a ton is going on right now. The intermediate sprint has 109 km to go.
UAE Team Emirates is next behind Deceuninck-QuickStep and Jumbo-Visma.
Julian Alaphilippe at the start today:
“It’s a great stage today and another day for me to take advantage of the yellow jersey. The final will not be a walk in the park but I will give everything to keep the yellow jersey.
“Some GC favorites would be happy if I stayed in the lead longer, but others like Adam Yates who are only four seconds behind would like to replace me. Anyway, the end of the Tour is still long. a way… “
Vuillermoz, who went to bed at 3:53 am on Alaphilippe this morning, is now the virtual leader of the race. The break is 4:10 on the road at the moment.
Tim Declercq and Remi Cavagna are the men in front for Deceuninck-QuickStep. Jumbo-Visma is hiding just behind the duo.
144km to go
3:50 for the break. It is a sunny day in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department.
Deceuninck-QuickStep is in the lead with two men leading the peloton. Their team leader Julian Alaphilippe wears yellow today.
A good job from the Start-Up Nation of Israel to get two men in the break here at their first Tour de France. It’s hard to imagine this group having a chance to stay away until the end, however …
3:30 p.m. for the breakaway now. These are certainly our six for today.
156km to go
The group of six men is already a minute away on the road. Not much battle for the break, so …
Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale), Quentin Pacher (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) are also there, while Mathieu Burgaudeau (Total Direct Energie) has also made its way.
Five runners jumped immediately. Krists Neilands and Nils Politt (Israel Start-Up Nation) are up there, as is Tiesj Benoot (Team Sunweb).
160km to go
Here we go again. Christian Prudhomme drops the flag and the manager’s car is absent.
There is a 2.5 km drive through the town of Sisteron before the flag drops and the race begins.
We’re about to start in a few minutes now.
A slightly pessimistic look at the day of one of them, Nairo Quintana d’Arkéa-Samsic…
🎙 🇨🇴 @NairoQuinCo Too modest? It’s the first fight today for the favorites. But I don’t think I’m with them on the final climb. »# TDF2020 pic.twitter.com/5bC0ySocj3September 1, 2020
Today will be the first big chance for the GC favorites to make their mark. Early arrivals at the top are generally quieter than expected, with a large group of GC men crossing the line together. Will things be different today?
Today we will have five climbs on the menu, culminating in the top of the first category.
Col du Festre: 7.6 km, 5.3%
Côte de Corps: 2..2km, 6.3 per cent
Côte de l’Aullagnier: 3 km, 6.4%
Côte de Saint-Léger-les-Mélèzes: 2.8km, 6.8 per cent
Orcières-Merlette: 7,1 km, 6,7%
If you missed yesterday’s action we have a full progress report here as well as an overview of highlights of stage 3.
Lotto Soudal sprinter Caleb Ewan won yesterday’s stage in Sisteron with a dazzling sprint finish. He is still quite happy with it, but today is far from being a day for him.
How do I feel after yesterday? Thanks everyone for the messages! Especially back in Australia! Another mountain day today⛰⛰ pic.twitter.com/vMPHAeVOkeSeptember 1, 2020
We are about 35 minutes from the start of the stage in Sisteron. Departure festivities are underway, while the actual departure will be announced at 1:30 p.m. local time, five minutes after deployment from town.
Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews’ live broadcast of stage 4 of the Tour de France, the first arrival at the top of the race at Orcières-Merlette.