The 105th edition of the world-famous cycling event the Tour De France begins in Noirmoutier-en-lille on the 7th July. The race will last for three weeks, ending on the 29th July. What will happen remains to be seen, but we can only expect an exciting three weeks of racing of the highest order.
In this article we are going to point our attention towards stage 4 of the Tour De France. We will begin by giving some basic details about the stage and route, before moving on to our predictions for what will happen in stage 4 of this year’s Tour De France.
Stage 4 Tour De France 2018
Stage 4 is going to be a relatively comfortable one for the riders. The stage is flat and relatively speaking doesn’t demand huge physical exertion from the riders. The stage covers 195km, taking in some glorious sights of Brittany.
There is one mountain pass for the riders to contend with just after they pass through the Redon point, 135.5 km into the race. The mountain pass is a 0.8km long climb at Conte de Saint-Jean-La-Poterie.
Here is some basic information take on board about stage 4 of the Tour De France:
- Tuesday July 10th is when stage 4 will take place
- The riders will begin at the local time of 13:25
- The stage is expected to finish at around 17:51 local time
- Intermediate sprint in Derval
- 4km sprint finish
- Begins in La Baule
- Ends in Sarzeau
The time bonuses up for grabs in stage 4 are as follows:
- The first three finishers will receive time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds respectively
- In the second intermediate sprint, 3, 2 and 1 second time bonuses are available
The stage begins in the south-west commune of La Baule. The riders will then head east from La Baule passing through Pontchateau, Blain and Nozay before reaching Derval, where there is an intermediate sprint.
The riders will then head west again back towards the Atlantique passing through Guemene-Penafo, Redon, Cote de Saint-Jean-La-Poterie, Limerzel, Muzillac and finally finishing up in Surzur.
Prediction Tour De France 2018 Stage 4
So, who will come out on top in stage 4 of this year’s Tour De France? Good question. Arnaud Demare looks set to perform very strongly in this stage owing to his excellent uphill sprinting capability. Demare won Paris-Nice’s first stage which involved uphill racing, and the Frenchman also performed well at the Tour de Suisse.
World champion Peter Sagan is another rider who is definitely in contention to win the stage. The Slovak has already enjoyed success in two sprints this year and should fancy this stage at the Tour De France.
Fernando Gaviria is another rider who could perform strongly in this stage. The Colombian won three stages recently at the Tour of California and also enjoyed success in Latin America earlier in the year.
The other riders who we feel are in the running to win this stage are Dylan Groenewegen, Michael Matthews, Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel.
Our money is on Peter Sagan to win this stage, but it really could be close. There are currently no betting markets allowing you to bet on who will win this stage, but we are expecting such markets in the very near future, so watch this space!