Tour de France 2017: Arnaud Demare Wins Stage 4, Mark Cavendish Crashes

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2017

France's Arnaud Demare celebrates as he crosses the finish line ahead of Slovakia's Peter Sagan (R) and Norway's Alexander Kristoff (L) at the end of the 207,5 km fourth stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 4, 2017 between Mondorf-les-Bains and Vittel. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel BONAVENTURE        (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Arnaud Demare of FDJ was victorious at Stage 4 at the 2017 Tour de France on Tuesday as the grand tour reached Vittel.     

Mark Cavendish was involved in a horrendous crash in the final moments as the sprint for the line gathered incredible pace.

Cavendish made contact with Peter Sagan as he pushed forward, and he dramatically flew into the barriers.

The incident led to Segan's disqualification from the rest of the Tour de France, per the Guardian

Geraint Thomas held on to the yellow jersey despite crashing and remounting.

The Inner Ring provided the result before Segan's removal:

Eurosport.fr provided the general classification times:

Le Tour de France UK gave details of the stage, starting from Mondorf-les-Bains:

Perfect conditions greeted the riders at the start, and the fine weather continued with the sprinters grateful and ready for action.

Guillaume Van Keirsbulck quickly left the peloton behind him as he made an early sprint, but the main pack decided to sit steady in their seats.

The Belgian opened a three-minute lead, but no one was tempted to push too hard in the opening stages.

Thomas was comfortably pulled along by Team Sky as they controlled the peloton in a patient bunch.

Chris Froome joined his team-mates in their relaxed approach, ready for the sprinting that lay ahead.

Van Keirsbulck increased his lead to six minutes at the halfway stage of the race, with the field planning its strategy.

The Col de Trois Fontaines Category 4 climb saw the leader's advantage evaporate to just two minutes, and the race was suddenly on.

VITTEL, FRANCE - JULY 04:  Arnaud Demare of France and and team FDJ celebrates after winning stage four of Le Tour de France 2017 on July 4, 2017 in Vittel, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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The fastest men positioned themselves in the closing stages as Dimension Data prepared Cavendish for a huge finish.

Van Keirsbulck's charge was over, leaving the front to the serious sprinters in the pack.

Thomas tumbled in the peloton with a kilometre remaining but was soon back on his bike to grab a finishing time.

Demare secured the front spot as others trailed in his wake, but Sagan and Cavendish remained in contention.

Le Tour de France UK provided the action before the finish line:

The Brit made a final charge as he attempted to pass Sagan, but the pair made contact, leading to the end of the race for the Dimension Data man. 

The incident allowed Demare to sprint away, and he captured the stage victory in the confusion.

Segan was later disqualified from the rest of the event as he was deemed responsible for Cavendish's huge fall.

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