Who will win Stage Four?
OK, so we got it wrong again yesterday (but another first-loser…) but, undaunted, let’s look at today’s flat and fast stage; 195km from La Baule to Sarzeau.
All the sprinters are here, still, and will be desperate by now (apart from Sagan and Gaviria) to taste blood for the first time in the 2018 Tour. The parcours is far less technical than in the first two stages, with no crazy 90-degree bends 2km out, so we should see fewer crashes as the riders relax a little.
So, who will prevail? Peter Sagan admitted to having no legs in yesterday’s TTT, which saw him dropped by his team and then (possibly) soft-pedalling to the finish, so he will be a factor. Gaviria has speed, and confidence. Cavendish, Degenkolb, Kittel, Cobrelli, Demare and Greipel need a win, urgently. But, they all had hard TTTs yesterday.
So many choices.
Gaviria, by a nose from Sagan and Kittel.