Martin recovers from crash as Gaviria sprints to win

Mitchelton-Scott with overall leader Daryl IMpey at Criterium du Dauphine stage 3 team time trial

The 23-year-old Quick Step rider timed his sprint to perfection to overtake German Andre Greipel and hold off a fast-finishing Peter Sagan, who just got second, in a photo finish.

Overall leader Greg Van Avermaet finished safely in the peloton to retain the yellow jersey.

BMC edged out Team Sky for victory in the stage three team time trial at the Tour de France but Chris Froome was able to wipe out numerous losses suffered in Saturday's chaotic opener.

Maximiliano Richeze delivered a ideal ride-along performance for Quick-Step comrade Gaviria, powering him past the Dimension Data team and into the forefront for a challenge on the stage victory.

Cavendish's team Dimension Data rode aggressively in the final stages to reel in the day's break and led the charging peloton into the final kilometre.

Fellow Britons Froome and Thomas didn't fare any better but will have ended Stage 4 close to content with their results, nestled among a pack in which Van Avermaet was also happy to reside.

Jul 10 2018 05:57 pm CET Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) has taken the victory of the fourth stage at the Tour de France.

Last year's runner-up Rigoberto Uran was caught in the same pile-up, but the Education First-Drapac team made sure their Colombian star did not lose any time.

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But there were no changes among the title hopefuls.

Porte is 14th overall at 51 seconds. The 2014 champion Vincenzo Nibali was 19th (1:06), Romain Bardet 20th (1:15) and Nairo Quintana was 48th (2:08).

After a four-man breakaway was caught in the final kilometre, Gaviria was given the lead out by his team but looked to have run out of gas when Greipel and Sagan attacked.

The Tour will spend three more days in northeastern Brittany. With another gruelling trip across the Alps and Pyrenees, who will wear the yellow jersey on the Champs-Elysees?

As such, this was the third instalment in the sprint battles that dominated the weekend before the team time-trial, as the sprinters' teams fought the nervy GC contenders for position at the head of affairs seeking to avoid the kind of dramas that blighted the opening weekend. "(Depending) on how it goes there will be differences between the riders".

Froome, who was cleared of doping allegations last week by the International Cycling Union, has been jeered by some skeptical fans since arriving in France.

Froome is aiming to join Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain as the only riders to win the Tour five times.

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