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Summary

  1. Kittel pips Coquard in photo finish
  2. Cavendish eighth; misses out on 29th stage win
  3. Stage 4: 237.5km from Saumur to Limoges
  4. Get involved using #bbccycling

Live Reporting

By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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  1. Up, up and away

    Well, that's it from me today. I'll be back tomorrow from 12:00 BST as we start to get punchy and head into Massif Central.

    I strongly suggest you read Geraint Thomas' stage preview and that you keep across the BBC 5 live twitter account for the BeSpoke podcast later today.

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  2. Green jersey

    And Mark Cavendish will cling on to the green jersey, on a technicality.

    Peter Sagan leads the sprinters, but he can't wear two jerseys at once (well, he could, but he'd be a bit warm) so he'll don the yellow and hand the green to Cav.

    Green
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    Emma Swift: Wow. And I thought yesterday was close. #chapeau @marcelkittel for never giving up!

    Matt Taggart: So Kittel's learned to snipe as well?

    Andrew Harvey: Us lot on Reddit thought that would be too hard for Kittel, so I took him out of my fantasy team... Whoops 

  4. Yellow jersey

    I've had a glance down the stage result - and it seems all the GC contenders got home safely in the peloton, so no massive time shifts.

    Chris Froome was 37th.

    Peter Sagan, who came in third today, adds some bonus time to his haul to go 12 seconds clear in the overall race.

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  5. Where's Froome?

    I'll let Team Sky do my job for me and fill you in.

  6. 'I'm very emotional'

    Kittel

    Winner Marcel Kittel (left in the photo): "I'm very emotional. It feels like my first stage win again. I'm very happy and proud because the team was fighting for this win. To win a stage like this - I can't believe it."

  7. McLay the man

    New Zealand-born, Leicester-raised Fortuneo rider Dan McLay is having quite the Tour so far, isn't he?

    He had two ninth-placed finishes in the first three stages and today he was a wonderful seventh.

  8. No joy for Cav

    No victory and 29th stage win for Mark Cavendish on Tynwald Day. He came in eighth.

  9. A close one

    Try picking a winner at this point...

    Tour
  10. Post update

    It's your ninth, matey. Enjoy it. A wonderful finish.

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    Jess Parsons: WHAT a sprint finish!That was absolutely hectic,didn't think a photo finish could get any closer than yday-Cracking from Kittel! 

  12. Post update

    My word. You can barely separate those two with your favourite filter paper.

  13. Kittel clinches it

    If this stage was 10cm longer, Bryan Coquard would have won this. The Direct Energie man was coming through like a demon down the left of Kittel.

    There's a bit of argy-bargy as they bang elbows together - and it's by the finest of margins that the German holds on.

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  14. Post update

    Kittel falls to the ground and holds his head in his hands. He musters the strength to raise a fist. Emotional scenes.

  15. Kittel wins stage four

    Is this closer than yesterday?

    We need another photo finish.

    It's Marcel Kittel who has it! 

  16. Post update

    Kittel and Coquard, neck and neck. They cross together. Shoulder to shoulder. Who's won it?

  17. Post update

    Kittel, Greipel, Sagan are the men on the charge

  18. Kittel out of contention?

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist

    I can't see a single rider from Etixx Quick Step.

    Have they messed this up again?

  19. Post update

    1km to go

    It's still Lotto Soudal leading as we launch into a downhill stretch - Greipel will be enjoying this.

  20. Here we go

    2.4km to go

    This finish was always going to be a bit of a mystery and plenty of riders are being caught out by islands and road dividers. It's put some out of kilter.