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Live Reporting

By Jack Skelton

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  1. Adieu

    That's it for this live text.

    The race report is building here.

    The Bespoke podcast looking back at stage four will be available here shortly.

    And if you're wondering what Mark Cavendish's next hope of a stage win is - why not read his stage-by-stage guide here?

    We'll be back with live coverage of stage five tomorrow as the race goes over hilly terrain for the first time.

    Cheers!

  2. Post update

    Mark Cavendish, speaking to ITV4 while holding his baby son: "The team were brilliant for the final kilometres. We executed what we wanted to - we knew we had to take it on even though it was a headwind.

    "But with that block headwind, once you're not on a wheel then you have to put in double the effort.

    "Kragh Anderson pushed me off my lead-out man Mark Renshaw's wheel, I thought the left side would be closed so went right and was back on Renshaw but then it opened up and Quick-Step went through.

    "I was then blocked by my own lead-out man effectively but it was my own fault - I shouldn't have been there."

    "Quick-Step are hard to beat anyway - it's another stage win for them and I'm left holding the baby."

  3. Top 10 on GC

    1. Greg van Avermaet (Bel/BMC Racing) 13hrs 33mins 56secs
    2. Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC Racing) same time
    3. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky) +3secs
    4. Philippe Gilbert (Bel/Quick-Step Floors) +5secs
    5. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Quick-Step Floors) +7secs
    6. Bob Jungels (Lux/Quick-Step Floors) same time
    7. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Sunweb) +11secs
    8. Soren Kragh Andersen (Den/Sunweb) same time
    9. Michael Matthews (Aus/Sunweb)
    10. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First) +35secs
  4. Post update

    Rigoberto Uran was able to catch back on despite being held up by that late crash.

    The Colombian remains in 10th place on general classification, 35 seconds back.

  5. Top 10 on stage four

    1. Fernando Gaviria
    2. Peter Sagan
    3. Andre Greipel
    4. Dylan Groenewegen
    5. Marcel Kittel
    6. Andrea Pasqualon
    7. Alexander Kristoff
    8. John Degenkolb
    9. Dion Smith
    10. Timothy Dupont
  6. Post update

    Tiesj Benoot of Lotto Soudal has just come across the line in last with a bloodied face. The Belgian fell heavily in that late crash.

  7. Post update

    Chris Froome and Adam Yates finished safely in the main bunch.

    Another GC rider, Ilnur Zakarin of Katusha, was caught out though after that late crash and looks to be the big loser from the overall contenders.

  8. Post update

    Watching replays of the finish, Mark Cavendish just didn't have the legs to contest the finale despite being well-positioned with 800m to go.

    He gets swamped as Greipel, Gaviria and Sagan surged clear.

    The Briton is then also cut up by Dylan Groenewegen and raises his hand in protest. I'm not sure he could've got there even without that though.

  9. BreakingVan Avermaet retains yellow

    BMC's Greg van Avermaet avoided that late crash that split the bunch and rolled over the line safely in front group.

    The Belgian keeps the leader's yellow jersey.

  10. Post update

    Fernando Gaviria edges it on the line, holding off world champion Peter Sagan, who takes second, with Andre Greipel third.

    The German led it out but could not maintain his kick for long enough to deny the rapid Gaviria, while Sagan - ever the opportunist - nicked second too.

  11. BreakingGaviria wins stage four

    Confirmation - the Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria win his second stage of the 2018 Tour de France in a thrilling finish in Sarzeau.

  12. Post update

    Photo finish! I think Gaviria gets it.

  13. Post update

    Here comes Andre Greipel!

    Gaviria and Sagan in pursuit.

    Cavendish out of it.

  14. 500m to go

    Gaviria and Sagan in pole position. Cavendish caught slightly back.

  15. Post update

    It's a brutal long drag to the line, Dimension Data still on the front. Now Bora come through and Quick-Step are up there.

  16. 1km to go

    Mark Cavendish is sat in fifth place as Dimension Data string it out on the left.

    Under the flamme rouge - just 1km to go.

  17. 2km to go

    Just 10 seconds now for the break out front. The catch should be made soon and then a frantic final 1km to set up the bunch sprint.

  18. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Ex-GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live, in France

    It's an advantage for the peloton to be able to see the breakaway on this long, straight run-in.

  19. 3km to go

    Just 20 seconds now for the four-man breakaway.

    Team Sky come to the front to keep Chris Froome safe into the final 3km.