Gaviria makes it debut double in thrilling stage-four sprint
Fernando Gaviria prevailed in a thrilling sprint finish to win stage four of the Tour de France.
The Quick-Step Floors rider pipped Peter Sagan and Andre Greipel on the line at the end of the flat 195-kilometre stage from La Baule to Sarzeau on Tuesday.
Victory marks the Colombian's second stage triumph on his Tour debut as he surprisingly emerged triumphant in a power sprint with Greipel.
After a four-man breakaway was caught in the final kilometre, Gaviria was given the lead out by his team but looked to have run out of gas when Greipel and Sagan attacked.
Yet Gaviria was able to kick on again and had just enough to cross the line first, as Sagan claimed second off the wheel of Greipel.
Overall leader Greg Van Avermaet finished safely in the peloton to retain the yellow jersey.
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Stage four provided something of a different challenge for Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish.
The Manxman is aiming to break Eddy Merckx's record of 34 stage wins but remains four off that mark. Cavendish was not involved in the final sprint and had to dismount to take a brief detour into the bushes after his radio fell off his bike.
He will now have to wait until Friday for the next opportunity to claim a 31st stage triumph, the next two stages ones that will favour the climbers rather than the sprinters.
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, who was involved in the breakaway, won the day's intermediate sprint. The only King of the Mountains point went to Anthony Perez, who was first up the St-Jean-la-Poterie.
1. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) 4:25:01
2. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) +00:00
3. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal)
4. Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto NL-Jumbo)
5. Marcel Kittel (Katusha)
1. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) 13:33:56
2. Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing)
3. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +00:03
1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 143
2. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) 139
3. Alexander Kristoff (Team Emirates) 72
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Stage five sees the Tour continue through Brittany, a 204.5km ride from Lorient to Quimper featuring a pair of category-four climbs and a trio of category-three ascents.