The Italian cyclist Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) has won on Tuesday the fourth stage of the Tour de France, disputed between Reims and Nancy on 213,5 kilometers, when surpassing in a fast sprint to Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and thus obtains a particular triplet in the "great ones".
He was second in three stages of the past Giro d'Italia, in an ill-fated edition for him, but he had previously won in other editions of the 'pink corsa' and also in the Vuelta a España, achieving his first partial victory in the Tour on Tuesday of France, the second consecutive one for his team that, in addition, retains the yellow jersey for Julian Alaphilippe.
The only previous participation of Viviani in a Tour de France was in 2014, in the ranks of Cannondale, and did not go from the 17th position in a stage. This time, as clear leader of the Deceuninck-Quick Step in terms of massive arrivals, he retaliated from his previous bad experience and beat some of the best sprinters of the moment to achieve that triplet.
While the little Australian Caleb Ewan chose to take the wheel on arrival at Nancy, and was 'stuck' looking for the impossible gap between the fence and the Italian giant, others like Kristoff, third, Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe), fourth, or Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), fifth, went the other way but without being able to match Viviani's top speed.
It was a clean sprint, without falls or scares, in which the great work of Deceuninck-Quick Step, with her men fresh when she got to work already within the zone of protection of the last three kilometers, allowed Viviani to have everything to face to deploy her weapons and achieve the dream of stepping on a Tour podium.
Still wearing green, regular leader, a Peter Sagan who sent his teammate Lukas Pöstlberger attack at the last small level of the day (Cote de Maron, 3.2 kilometers to 5%) looking to move the group and provoke some cut of pure sprinters. It was not like that, for the work of a Sunweb Team that saw its specialist Michael Matthews be only ninth.
The day had a break formed by Michael Schär (CCC Team) and Frederik Backaert and Yoann Offredo (Wanty – Groupe Gobert), who endured the type before the pursuit of the great group. The first to fall was Offredo, while 18 kilometers from goal Schär, the most combative of the day, released Backaert wheel and endured alone a little more, to be hunted to 16.5 goal.
The squad was already thinking about the massive arrival, despite that final level, but still the French Lilian Calmejane (Team Total Direct Energie) tried to give visibility to his team in a solo attack that had 5.5 kilometers of life, and being always completely controlled the distance.
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