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by Neal Rogers
July 5, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Démare wins hectic Stage 4 sprint at Tour de France; Peter Sagan disqualified from Tour de France after Stage 4 crash; Cavendish not to start Stage 5, injury confirmed as fractured shoulder blade; Van Vleuten takes Giro Rosa TT stage win as riders are surprised by steep climbs; Cannondale-Drapac in control at Tour of Austria as Slagter wins stage, Vanmarcke leads GC; Tony Martin continues racing at Tour de France with concussion; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 4 highlights.
Arnaud Démare (FDJ) was victorious on the chaotic final of Stage 4 this afternoon in Vittel, France, finishing ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin).
The final two kilometers were met with heavy carnage, in contrast with a fairly benign stage prior with Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Wanty Groupe-Gobert) solo for the entirety of the day. Sagan was later disqualified for causing a crash that sent Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), and Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates) to the tarmac.
As they opened up their final sprint, Sagan moved to the right, forcing Cavendish to move toward the right side of the road. Cavendish, on Sagan’s inside, attempted to come through the gap between the world champion and the barrier on his right. The Dimension Data rider wouldn’t make it, however, as he was pinched hard and hit the barricade before slamming into the pavement.
Degenkolb and Swift were sprinting directly behind the incident, and both ran head on into Cavendish’s prone figure, sending them vaulting over their handlebars and onto the ground.
“I knew it would be a chaotic sprint today because everyone was fresh after riding so slow,” Démare said. “I found my way at the end. I was faster than Kristoff and I didn’t see anything of the last crash.”
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