Tour de France LIVE stage four: Fernando Gaviria wins sprint photo finish from Peter Sagan and Andre Greipel

Lawrence Ostlere
The Independent

Stage four offers another chance for sprinters like Mark Cavendish, Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan to shine while the general classification contenders like Chris Froome, Richie Porte and the rest will just be hoping to keep out of harm's way following the choas of the opening two stages.

After yesterday's stage-three team time trial, Greg van Avermaet is the man in the yellow jersey, the BMC rider who will aim to defend that status for as long as possible through the coming days, but will face plenty of challenges no doubt, not least from Team Sky and Geraint Thomas, their foremost rider in the overall standings.

Although today's 195km route from La Baule to Sarzeau via a jaunt into the heart of picturesque Brittany is a relatively flat one, the stage finishes on a slight uphill drag for around 2km which could take out the short-burst sprinters and will favour the riders who can sustain power for longer, like Michael Matthews and perhaps Marcel Kittel. Follow all the action with our live blog below:

Stage four profile

Stage four profile
Stage four profile

Stage four profile (letour.com)

Route map

Stage four
Stage four

Stage four route map (letour.com)

Prediction

There are all sort of riders who could win this type of stage, but the uphill drag to the finish makes us think Michael Matthews can pull off something special.

Odds

Fernando Gaviria 7/4
Dylan Groenewegen 4/1
Marcel Kittel 4/1
Peter Sagan 11/2
Arnaud Demare 15/2

How to watch on TV

Stage four will be shown live on ITV4 from 12pm, and on Eurosport from 11.45am.

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