2014 Tour de France: Graham Watson Stage 4 Photo Gallery

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German sprint ace Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) made it three wins in four days, blasting first across the finish of stage 4 from Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Lille. Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff of Norway slotted second, with reigning French national champ Arnaud Demare (FDJ.fr) third. For the second day in a row there was no change in the yellow jersey, with Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali finishing safely in the bunch. Defending Tour de France champ wasn’t so lucky. The Team Sky leader crashed early in the stage, suffering numerous cuts and abrasions, but still managed to finish on the same time as the main field. See stage 4 results here.


Team Giant-Shimano

Team Giant-Shimano orchestrated yet another solid lead-out for Kittel, who did his job at the finish. Photo by Graham Watson

Daniel Oss

BMC’s Daniel Oss gets a helping hand from a team mechanic after suffering a puncture during the stage 4 run from Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Lille. Photo by Graham Watson

Chris Froome after a Crash

Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome gets checked out by the race doctor after crashing early in stage 4. After the race, the Team Sky leader was taken to the hospital to get checked out further. Photo by Graham Watson

Thomas Voeckler Leads an Escape on Stage 4

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) and Cofidis rider Luis Angel Mate of Spain featured in the day’s main breakaway. Mate flatted out of the move late in the day, leaving Voeckler to go it alone until he was eventually caught by the hard charging peloton. Photo by Graham Watson

Alex Howes

Garmin’s Alex Howes does his domestique duties, loading up on bottles for teammates during stage 4. Photo by Graham Watson

Marcel Kittel Wins Stage 4

Marcel Kittel’s smile tells the tale. The burly German sprinter (and Dolph Lundgren look-alike) earned his third stage win in four days. Photo by Graham Watson

Vincenzo Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) pulls on the yellow jersey for the third day in a row. The Italian finished safely in the bunch, maintaining his thin two-second overall GC lead. Perhaps the uneasy look on his face is in deference to stage 5 when the peloton will face its toughest test to date, the teeth-rattling cobblestones of northern France. Photo by Graham Watson

Ramunas Navardauskas

Ramunas Navardauskas of Team Garmin-Sharp gets some mechanical assistance during stage 4 of the 2014 Tour de France. Photo by Graham Watson

Marcel Kittel Wins Stage 4

Marcel Kittel takes a narrow stage win ahead of Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff (right) of Norway, who narrowly derailed the German’s run of sprint triumphs. Photo by Graham Watson

Peloton on Stage Four

The peloton roll past fields of hay on what was a fairly straightforward – and flat – stage from Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Lille. Photo by Graham Watson

Stage 4 Peloton

A more rounded look at the Tour peloton as it passes through the farm country in northern France. Photo by Graham Watson

Thomas Voeckler

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler’s face shows the pain of the day. The Europcar team leader (and past yellow jersey holder) spent nearly the entire day in the breakaway, only to be reeled in by the bunch in the stage’s waning moments. Photo by Graham Watson

Chris Froome

Team Sky’s Chris Froome gives a hopeful thumbs up as he leaves the team bus and heads to the hospital to get checked out after crashing hard early in stage 4. Photo by Graham Watson


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