KITTEL VINCE ALLO SPRINT la 4a TAPPA del TOUR DE FRANCE - SAGAN in MAGLIA GIALLA pubblicato il 05/07/2016
KITTEL vince per un soffio al fotofinish la 4a tappa su Coquard © Photo Etixx - Quick-Step / Tim de Waele



4a tappa martedì 5 luglio - 237.5 km - Saumur / Limoges




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 vince per un soffio al fotofinish la 4a tappa su Coquard © Photo Etixx - Quick-Step / Tim de Waele

MARCEL KITTEL VINCE ALLO SPRINT la 4a TAPPA del TOUR DE FRANCE  - SAGAN in MAGLIA GIALLA
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Fabulous Kittel wins Tour de France stage 4

The 28-year-old German was victorious in Limoges, where he captured his 14th Grand Tour success
05-Jul-2016: It probably was the toughest finish of this year’s Tour de France for a flat stage and Marcel Kittel delivered, proving again he’s one of the fastest guys in the peloton and scoring his 11th win of the season and the 34th of the team, one which came after a long day in the saddle and a huge effort by the Etixx – Quick-Step team. As expected, the longest stage of the race had a calm beginning, with just four riders making it in the break – Alexis Gougeard (AG2R), Markel Irizar (Trek-Segafredo), Oliver Naesen (IAM Cycling) and Andreas Schillinger (Bora-Argon 18) – and an explosive finale, which saw Marcel take the win by a whisker ahead of Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie).

Stage 4 of the Tour de France, traveling over 237.5 kilometers from Saumur to Limoges (which returned as host town after a 16-year hiatus) was all about the final kilometer, an uphill one with a 6% average gradient in the last 600 meters, which meant the favourites had to be well-positioned in the pack, have enough power in the legs for the tough hill and find the perfect moment to start their effort, aware that timing could prove decisive in the outcome.

After Julien Vermote controlled again the peloton, spending countless kilometers at the head of it in the second part of the day, Etixx – Quick-Step played it perfectly in the closing kilometers, hitting the front with around 1200 meters to go, just as things began to spice up. Tour de Suisse points jersey winner Maximiliano Richeze was the last man of Marcel Kittel, who opened his sprint with 300 meters left and took center road, charging towards the line. Powering on the uphill drag, the 28-year-old hold off all his opponents, including Coquard, for one of the smallest winning margins seen by the Tour de France in recent history.

“It wasn’t easy for the team and me after the last three days. The ambitions and expectations were high and the pressure was there, especially after getting so many wins in the first part of the season. Yesterday, after the stage, we analysed the finale, talked about our mistakes in a positive way and everyone learned from it. I tried to motivate the boys and today they did a marvelous job. We were there when it mattered, I was brought up in the right position and had a perfect timing”, said Marcel Kittel, who now has 14 Grand Tour victories to his name. 

By coming out on top on Tuesday, Marcel Kittel surpassed legendary countryman Rudi Altig in most Tour de France stage victories for Germany, sitting now in third overall in an all-time ranking with 9 successes, and also became the first rider to get wins in two Grand Tours this season, after sprinting to victory in the Nijmegen and Arnhem Giro d’Italia stages: “I am super happy and it’s great to return to the Tour de France with such a victory. I knew since yesterday that my legs are strong and wanted to win for the team, who was really incredible. We still have some opportunities ahead in the race, but first we want to enjoy this day.”
 

Image credits
Marcel-Kittel-Limoges-Victory-_c_Tim-De-Waele.jpg - Marcel Kittel / All pictures attached can be used for editorial and non commercial usages only and are copyright protected - © Etixx - Quick-Step / Tim de Waele
Marcel-Kittel-Limoges-Podium-_c_Tim-De-Waele.jpg - Marcel Kittel 2/ All pictures attached can be used for editorial and non commercial usages only and are copyright protected - © Etixx - Quick-Step / Tim de Waele
 



Tour de France #4: Cavendish 8th on uphill sprint finish

Natnael Berhane works well at the head of the race for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka

Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quickstep) won the 4th stage of the Tour de France, just edging ahead of the Frenchman, Bryan Coquard (Direct Energy). The race leader, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) finished 3rd and in doing so, took back the lead in the green points jersey competition from Mark Cavendish.

At 237km, stage 4 from Saumur to Limoges was the longest of this year's Tour de France. Once again it was a predominantly flat stage, with the main challenge being in the final 500m of the stage, where the road rose to the line at a 5% average gradient. After a few early kilometers where teams were looking to see who would make the first break, the attacks finally started after 20km. It took another 15km before 4 riders eventually slipped clear.

Race leader, Sagan, sent his team up to control proceedings from the peloton and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were the first to lend them a helping hand as Natnael Berhane began assisting the Russian team with the chase. The gap was pretty much locked at around the 4-minute mark, and the peloton was confident that it would be able to bring the escapees back.

As the race came into Limoges, and after Natnael Berhane had done a sterling job together with the Tinkoff and Etixx-Quickstep domestiques, the break was caught at 7km to go. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had all grouped around Mark Cavendish and Edvald Boasson Hagen for the finale, but a small hill at 6km to go disrupted the rhythm of the peloton somewhat.

With 4km to go there was a precarious intersection that caused a bottle neck and from thereon it was a slightly disorganised sprint. With 500m to go, Boasson Hagen tried to move Cavendish up to the head of the peloton but the Norwegian was pushed into the barriers and no longer in contention from that point.

Cavendish, slightly boxed in on the right side of the peloton, was never really able to find a clean bit of road to start sprinting. Kittel and Coquard went shoulder to shoulder with the German taking the win in the photo finish. Cavendish had to settle with 8th position on the stage.

Bernhard Eisel - Rider
At the start we knew it was going to be another long, long day just like yesterday, probably even half an hour longer. Nobody wanted to attack, nobody wanted to ride in the beginning. Then in one moment there was an attack of 7 riders, we had Natnael there, with a total of 5 sprinter teams represented in the move so that mixed up everything. The next 15km was chock-o-block full gas. That changed the situation and 4 guys got away. It was a good rolling day, not too hard, it was a nice day. It was not a recovery day at all but the fatigue didn't get too much worse. It was a little breather before a big hard day tomorrow and as we can see, the sun is out so it's going to be interesting the next few days as it gets warmer and warmer.  

Team Dimension Data For Qhubeka

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was founded in 2007, steadily working its way up from a regional team to now being a World Tour team with bases in South Africa and Italy. It’s also known as Africa’s Team due to its focus on helping African talents to the world stage of cycling. The team races to raise funds for the Qhubeka Charity to mobilise people on bicycles in Africa. To contribute to the #BicyclesChangeLivescampaign, click here.

Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to progress”“to move forward”. Qhubeka (qhubeka.org) is part of World Bicycle Relief (worldbicyclerelief.org), a global non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation through the power of bicycles.  

Dimension Data (dimensiondata.com) uses the power of technology to help organisations achieve great things in the digital era. As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 7.5 billion, offices in 58 countries, and 31,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, organiser of the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.

Learn more about the team at www.africasteam.com

All images attached to the press release can be used with the respective image credit in combination to this release.


 

il fotofinish che ha assegnato la 4a tappa del Tour de France a Kittel © A.S.O.



Ordine d'arrivo 4a tappa 103° Tour de France
1    Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step    5:28:30     
2    Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie          
3    Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team          
4    Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo          
5    Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha          
6    Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling          
7    Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept          
8    Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data          
9    Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale          
10    Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange      
    
11    Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo          
12    Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo          
13    Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac          
14    Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange          
15    Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step          
16    Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team          

17    Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team          
18    André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal          
19    Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin          
20    Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits          
21    Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team          
22    Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac          
23    Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team          

24    Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team          
25    Matti Breschel (Den) Cannondale-Drapac          
26    Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale          

27    Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team          
28    Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team          
29    Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling          
30    Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin          
31    Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team          
32    Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo          
33    Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling          
34    Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale          
35    Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits          
36    Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo          
37    Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky          
38    Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team          

39    Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - Merida          
40    Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky          

41    Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff Team          
42    Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida          
43    Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team          
44    Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team          
45    Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha          
46    Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange          
47    Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team          
48    Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida          
49    Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale          
50    Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange          
...



PETER SAGAN in maglia gialla nella 4a tappa del Tour de France  © ASO/A.Broadway

Classifica generale maglia gialla dopo la 4a tappa del 103° Tour de France
1    Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team    20:03:02     
2    Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step    0:00:12     
3    Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team    0:00:14     
4    Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin    0:00:18     
5    Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky          
6    Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team          
7    Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team          

8    Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team          
9    Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange          
10    Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac          

11    Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal          
12    Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange          
13    Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step          
14    Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo          
15    Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team          
16    Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha          
17    Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida          
18    Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale          
19    Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange          
20    Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team          
21    Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin          
22    Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo          
23    Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky          
24    Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ          
25    Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky          
26    Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha          
27    Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling    0:00:28     

28    Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team    0:00:29     
29    Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling          
30    Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida          
31    Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ          
32    Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ          
33    Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team    0:00:33     
34    Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale          
35    Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac    0:00:35     
36    Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept          
37    Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data          
38    Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18          
39    Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18          
40    Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie          
41    Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team          
42    Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo          
43    Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    0:00:39     
44    Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky    0:00:42     
45    Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    0:00:44     
46    Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale    0:00:53     
47    Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida          
48    Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ          
49    Alberto Losada (Spa) Team Katusha          
50    Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    0:00:59     
...
 



Peter Sagan in maglia verde nella 4a tappa del Tour de France  © ASO/A.Broadway

Classifica a punti maglia verde dopo la 4a tappa del 103° Tour de France
1    Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team    147     pts
2    Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data    142     
3    Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step    137     
4    André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal    87     
5    Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie    83     
6    Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha    56     
7    Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo    45     
8    Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange    38     
9    Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step    37     
10    Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling    34



Julian Alaphilippe miglior giovane al termine della 3a tappa del Tour de France © ASO/A.Broadway

Classifica giovani maglia bianca dopo la 4a tappa del 103° Tour de France
1    Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step    20:03:14     
2    Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin    0:00:06     
3    Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo          
4    Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange          
5    Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida    0:00:17     
6    Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac    0:00:23     
7    Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept          
8    Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18          
9    Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18          
10    Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida    0:00:41
 



Jasper Stuyven leader della classifica dei GPM nella 3a tappa del Tour de France © ASO/A.Broadway

Classifica delle montagne maglia a pois dopo la 4a tappa del 103° Tour de France
1    Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo    4     pts
2    Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18    2     
3    Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept    1     
4    Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo    1     
5    Vegard Breen (Nor) Fortuneo - Vital Concept    1     
6    Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team    1



Classifica squadre dopo la 4a tappa del 103° Tour de France
1    Orica-BikeExchange    60:10:00     
2    Team Sky          
3    Movistar Team    0:00:21     
4    FDJ    0:00:22     
5    Astana Pro Team    0:00:26     
6    Cannondale-Drapac    0:00:34     
7    Team Katusha    0:00:35     
8    AG2R La Mondiale    0:00:36     
9    Lampre - Merida    0:00:46     
10    Etixx - Quick-Step    0:00:48     
11    Tinkoff Team          
12    Team Giant-Alpecin          
13    Trek-Segafredo    0:00:49     
14    IAM Cycling    0:01:43     
15    BMC Racing Team    0:01:45     
16    Direct Energie    0:02:05     
17    Fortuneo - Vital Concept    0:02:11     
18    Dimension Data    0:03:24     
19    Bora-Argon 18    0:03:41     
20    Cofidis, Solutions Credits    0:04:05     
21    Team LottoNl-Jumbo    0:04:37     
22    Lotto Soudal    0:08:06



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Istantanee della 3a tappa del 103° Tour de France - 223.5 km - Granville / Angers ©Photo ASO/O.Chabe/B.McBeard/A.Broadway
Istantanee della 3a tappa del 103° Tour de France - 223.5 km - Granville / Angers ©Photo ASO/O.Chabe/B.McBeard/A.Broadway
Istantanee della 3a tappa del 103° Tour de France - 223.5 km - Granville / Angers ©Photo ASO/O.Chabe/B.McBeard/A.Broadway
Istantanee della 3a tappa del 103° Tour de France - 223.5 km - Granville / Angers ©Photo ASO/O.Chabe/B.McBeard/A.Broadway
Istantanee della 3a tappa del 103° Tour de France - 223.5 km - Granville / Angers ©Photo ASO/O.Chabe/B.McBeard/A.Broadway
Istantanee della 3a tappa del 103° Tour de France - 223.5 km - Granville / Angers ©Photo ASO/O.Chabe/B.McBeard/A.Broadway
Istantanee della 3a tappa del 103° Tour de France - 223.5 km - Granville / Angers ©Photo ASO/O.Chabe/B.McBeard/A.Broadway
Istantanee della 3a tappa del 103° Tour de France - 223.5 km - Granville / Angers ©Photo ASO/O.Chabe/B.McBeard/A.Broadway
Istantanee della 3a tappa del 103° Tour de France - 223.5 km - Granville / Angers ©Photo ASO/O.Chabe/B.McBeard/A.Broadway
Istantanee della 3a tappa del 103° Tour de France - 223.5 km - Granville / Angers ©Photo ASO/O.Chabe/B.McBeard/A.Broadway
Istantanee della 3a tappa del 103° Tour de France - 223.5 km - Granville / Angers ©Photo ASO/O.Chabe/B.McBeard/A.Broadway
Istantanee della 3a tappa del 103° Tour de France - 223.5 km - Granville / Angers ©Photo ASO/O.Chabe/B.McBeard/A.Broadway
Istantanee della 3a tappa del 103° Tour de France - 223.5 km - Granville / Angers ©Photo ASO/O.Chabe/B.McBeard/A.Broadway
Istantanee della 3a tappa del 103° Tour de France - 223.5 km - Granville / Angers ©Photo ASO/O.Chabe/B.McBeard/A.Broadway
Istantanee della 3a tappa del 103° Tour de France - 223.5 km - Granville / Angers ©Photo ASO/O.Chabe/B.McBeard/A.Broadway
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