Patrick Konrad and Emanuel Buchmann still in the top ten of the young rider classification.
Because of the stage profil and due to the fact that today´s 4th stage was also the longest in this years Tour de France (237,5 km), everybody expected another sprint finish. BORA - ARGON 18's tactics were again to support Shane Archbold in the final, but also try to bring Andreas Schillinger in an early group.
Sam Bennett had another night to recover. It looks like he is slowly but gradually getting better again. Today he again was able to follow the Peloton until the final, where he dropped to save energy and don't take any risk.
"Schilli" pushed from the beginning very hard and was in the first leading group together with 6 other guys. Andreas and Markel Irizar (Trek) then dropped the other riders, before they were joined from Alexis Gougeard (AG2R) and Oliver Naesen (IAM). The new leading group worked together well and their lead at kilometre 40 was already nearly 4 minutes.
Within just a few kilometres the peloton managed to cut the lead down to about 1:35. Andreas took the only sprint of the stage, which brought him 20 points in the fight for the green jersey. With 8k to go the break was over and everything was set for a sprint royal. Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step) took his first stage in this years Tour de France ahead of Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) and the World Champion and overall leader Peter Sagan (Tinkoff). Shane Archbold was not able to fight for the first places on the uphill finishing straight today.
The two young guns of BORA – ARGON 18 Patrick Konrad und Emanuel Buchmann arrived again in the finish without any time gap, so they remain in 8th and 9th place in the young rider classification.
“Our plan was that I try to go in the break today. It was a big benefit that we had the whole day a good tail wind. Even when our gap was over 5 minutes, I knew there no chance to make it to the finish today, so I decided to safe some energy for tomorrow. The final was so tough and the next stages will be even tougher.” – Andreas Schillinger