Stage 4 was the much feared cobble stage of this year’s edition of the Tour De France. Last year saw defending Tour winner Chris Froome crash out of the race on cobbles however this year would not be a repeat. The British rider managed to cross the cobbles without much incident. Although losing the maillot jaune to German Tony Martin today, Froome will be happy with his performance. Saying that, most of the GC contendors would be happy with Contador, Quintana and Nibali crossing the cobbles in the select group up front with Froome.
- Another exciting day for the Tour de France! Four different general classification leaders in the first four days. Dennis (BMC), Cancellara (TFR), Froome (SKY) and now today, Martin (EQS).
- As expected the drama unfolded in the final 50 kms on the six cobbled sections and some dreams were shattered; Pinot (FDJ) lost more then 2 minutes today due to mechanical problems.
- Tony Martin (EQS) made his winning move in the final 3 km and used his time trialing power to win that yellow jersey.
Day in data
- The Tour de France crossed over into France at the 137 km mark of today’s stage. We started the day off in Seraing, Belgium (4th time stage town) and finished in Cambrai, France (3rd time stage town).
- 11 – the amount of bicycle paths that form a new urban boulevard running from east to west to facilitate mobility in the heart of the Seraing valley.
- 562.8 km – the distance traveled so far in the Tour, today the riders completed a distance of 223.5 km.
- 7 – the number of cobbled sections in the 4th, and longest stage of this year’s Tour de France – six in the final 50 kms of the stage.
- 13.3 km – total distance riders had to cover on cobblestones today.
- 3 700 m – the longest stretch of cobblestone in the stage; taking riders from Fountaine-au-Tertre to Quiévy.
- 192 – the amount of riders that started today’s stage.
- 47.3 km/h – average speed of the Peloton as they approached the first of six narrow cobbled roads.
- 26.89 km/h – the average speed of Nibali (AST) over the 1500 m Saint-Python cobblestones.
- 55.71 km/h – speed at front of the Peloton as they approached the 30 km mark, just before the second last and longest cobbled road.
- 74.8 km/h – top speed of Nibali (AST) in the last 10 kms.
- 58.28 km/h – average speed of Froome (SKY) in last kilometre.
- 40.38 km/h – the average speed on the stage.
- 58.28 km/h – average speed of lead group in last kilometre.
- 07’03” – the time gap between the first and last rider.
Tomorrow sees the Tour complete 189.5km with many changes of direction and more significant, the stage is exposed to the wind. The stage is seen as a stage for sprinters and Cavendish will want to get his hunt for the Green Jersey underway with a win.
With Tony Martin in the Yellow, will we see the maillot jaune leading out the Manx Missile as Wiggins did in 2012? One thing is certain, it won’t be easy for Cavendish to win as Greipel looks to be on form and Degenkolb, Sagan and Kristoff are also hungry for more.
Join us again tomorrow evening for another summary of the day’s stage.