Tour de France

Stage 4) Reims – Nancy

FR France, Tuesday 09 July 2019
213.5 km

Viviani clocks up maiden Tour de France win

Viviani clocks up maiden Tour de France win

Five years after a memorable Deceuninck – Quick-Step stage win in Nancy, another member of the Wolfpack roared over the line victorious in the former capital of Lorraine. Elia Viviani was the one to make it two in a row at the 106th Tour de France for our team, emerging as the fastest in an enthralling sprint at the end of the long 213.5km stage 4.

“This victory means a lot to me. Actually, I can’t believe that I won today, it’s crazy. Notching up a stage here at the Tour de France was one of my season’s biggest goal, and having achieved it thanks to the team’s outstanding work makes me very, very happy”, Elia said after his massively deserved success, which helped him become the 18th active rider boasting stage wins in all Grand Tours.

With Kasper Asgreen still on the mend following his crash on Monday, Yves Lampaert assumed pace-setting duties, as soon as the field left behind Reims and its stunning Gothic cathedral and three men slipped clear. The former Belgian Champion threw in a colossal effort and made sure the gap would hover around the three-minute mark. With the help of other teams, they clawed back the escapees on the last climb of the day, Côte de Maron.

The peloton remained together over the top of the hill, despite a strong tempo of some teams who tried to put the sprinters in the red, and later pegged back a solo attacker, before making way for the lead-out trains. Nancy, which made its Tour de France debut in 1905, witnessed how none other than yellow jersey Julian Alaphilippe took over the reins, furiously stretching out the bunch and bringing his teammates in position under the flamme rouge.

Danish Champion Michael Mørkøv then piloted the Deceuninck – Quick-Step train, peeling off with only 500 meters to go, when Argentinean Champion Max Richeze stepped in and expertly delivered another flawless lead-out to Elia Viviani, who could afford to wait until inside the final 200 meters before hitting out and powering like a locomotive past all his rivals en route to celebrating one of the most beautiful victories of his career.

“With one kilometer to go I felt that everything was going perfect and was really confident. Then, when Kristoff anticipated the sprint, I was ready to go, but Max’s experienced played again a huge role and so I waited a bit before opening my sprint close to the barriers. Julian’s win in Épernay motivated us and I’m glad I could keep the team’s streak going. I don’t have enough words to tell you how proud I am to have this incredible squad around me: Yves and Dries worked hard, Michael and Max provided a perfect lead and having yellow jersey Julian pulling for me in the final was truly special.”

Viviani’s victory was Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 90th in a Grand Tour stage and helped the 30-year-old Italian jump up to second in the green jersey classification: “It’s not my goal, but I’ll try to be in the mix at the intermediate sprints when the parcours favours me, just like I did today, and we’ll see what happens. One thing is certain: if all bunch finishes will be like the one of today, then I can hope of winning it.”

Julian Alaphilippe concluded the stage safely in the pack and on Wednesday’s stage in the Vosges will sport the unique personalised yellow jersey displaying Jacques Anquetil, the first five-time winner of the Tour de France.

 

Photo credit: ©Chris Graythen/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:09:20
2 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
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3 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
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4 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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5 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
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6 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
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7 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Dimension Data
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8 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
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9 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
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10 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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19 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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41 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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56 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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74 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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134 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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144 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:45
167 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:41:39
2 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:20
3 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:25
4 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
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5 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
0:40
6 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
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7 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
0:45
8 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:46
9 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
0:51
10 Michael Woods
EF Education First
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89 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:26
119 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:00
130 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:12
155 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:18
158 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:15
171 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:26
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
104 pt
2 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
81 pt
3 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
75 pt
4 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
65 pt
5 Mike Teunissen
Team Jumbo-Visma
64 pt
6 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
53 pt
7 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
45 pt
8 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
40 pt
9 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
39 pt
10 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Dimension Data
33 pt
13 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30 pt
22 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
51 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
14:41:59
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
0:20
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:26
4 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:37
5 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
0:51
6 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
0:59
7 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
1:23
8 Gianni Moscon
Team INEOS
2:13
9 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
2:43
10 Nils Politt
Team Katusha Alpecin
3:51
28 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:06
1 Tim Wellens
Lotto Soudal
7 pt
2 Xandro Meurisse
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
3 pt
3 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
2 pt
4 Michael Schär
CCC Team
1 pt
5 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
1 pt
6 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
7 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
1 pt
1 Team Jumbo-Visma 44:35:04
2 Team Sunweb 1:44
3 EF Education First 1:57
4 Team INEOS 2:02
5 Groupama - FDJ 2:08
6 Mitchelton-Scott 2:44
7 Astana Pro Team 2:49
8 BORA - hansgrohe 3:04
9 Bahrain Merida 3:37
10 Team Dimension Data 4:14

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