Alaphilippe, Sagan, Groenewegen: 5 reasons to follow the 4th stage – Tour de France

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After the punchers at Epernay, the 4th stage between Reims and Nancy (213.5 km), this Tuesday should favor the sprinters. An interesting episode in the heart of a first week always lively.

The day in yellow of Julian Alaphilippus. Eclatant winner in Epernay, the leader of the team Deceuninck-Quick Step will be the target of looks on Tuesday. He intends to take advantage of every second of this stage with the Yellow Jersey so desired, not to mention the duties associated with the proper functioning of the team: "I will continue to take things as I usually take them. There will be the sprint to prepare for Elia (Viviani). "

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The arrow does not want to miss the target. Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) whose fall had, Saturday in Brussels during the first leg, disrupted the launch of a classic sprint, as Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) beaten on the wire, Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) or Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) will not want, this Tuesday in Nancy, to let escape a new opportunity during a stage hosting only few difficulties (two small ribs of the fourth category) through Champagne and Lorraine . In Nancy, city-stage for the 18th time (the last winners are Italians Lorenzo Bernucci in 2005 and Matteo Trentin in 2014), the finish, judged near the banks of the Meurthe, is installed at the end of a straight line of 1400 meters, with a curve to 280 meters. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) does not forget his home sprinter and says: "Dylan had a very hard day (Sunday), I hope he's coming back, I want him to feel good and have a New chance."

Fighters always have ants in their legs. The Tower is a window, a window. Some may, in the time of an escape, measure its size and strength, power and heat. Stéphane Rossetto at work during the 1st and 3rde stage, Yoann Offredo artificer Monday from Binche know the thrills attached to these escapades. The tri-color fighters will have ants in the legs. The terrain lends itself to it.

The favorite game. "Avoid the pitfalls" is the leitomitiv favorites and their close guard since leaving Brussels. The fall Jakob Fuglsang and Geraint Thomas the first day, the punctures of Thibaut Pinot, Romain Bardet or the mechanical troubles of Fabio Aru Fabio Aru during the 3e Step recalled that the danger can throw itself at any moment under the wheels. The favorites, at the heart of a nervous pack, will be on their guard focused on profits, even small. Monday, in the final, Egan Bernal, like Thibaut Pinot, took advantage of the slope of the final wall and a slight break in Epernay, to take 5 '' (still valuable) to Geraint Thomas, Romain Bardet or Nairo Quintana.

The dynamic. The daring runners are rewarded at the beginning of the Tour, be it Mike Teunissen who does not hesitate to change his costume during the first stage to raise his arms or Julian Alaphilippe applying to the letter the sketched plan. The race is lively, wildly encouraged, she still hopes for many twists and favorites.

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