Team Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin rolls across the line safely at stage four of the Tour de France, with no time losses against GC rivals. Søren Kragh Andersen also holds onto his best young rider lead.
Four riders jumped clear of the peloton in the opening kilometres of the stage, with the bunch giving them plenty of room as their gap opened out to seven minutes. The quartet were caught inside two kilometres to go and the sprinters were left to battle out the stage victory.
Having lost lead out men Nikias Ardnt and Edward Theuns who were involved in a crash at five kilometres to go, Michael finished safe in the peloton, with Tom Dumoulin also rolling home tucked in the bunch. Losing no time on the stage, Søren Kragh Andersen holds onto his young rider jersey going into stage five tomorrow.
Søren said: “Today was a great day in white and I’m looking forward to another day in the jersey tomorrow. We’re glad to get Tom home safe after today and tomorrow that will continue to be the focus. In the final we have a good chance with Michael, so towards the end of the stage we will look to position him well for that. It suits him well and we know what’s coming. It’s not mountains but it will be more difficult than the previous days.”