Tour de France: Gaviria doubles up, van Avermaet keeps yellow

Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2018

Fernando Gaviria took his second stage win in the 2018 Tour de France, winning stage four from La Baule to Sarzeau on the Golfe de Morbihan in Brittany, outsprinting Peter Sagan and André Greipel at the climax of a dead-straight four-kilometre approach to the line.

"In the meantime, Team Sunweb kept Tom Dumoulin at the business end of the overall standings with a ride of 38'58", conceding just 11 seconds to BMC.

He now heads team-mate Tejay van Garderen in the general classification, with Team Sky's Geraint Thomas three seconds back in third and defending champion Chris Froome a further 52 seconds behind in 17th.

"This won't be forgotten regardless of whatever happens between now and Paris".

Team Sky finished as runners-up, four seconds behind.

" He's still for me the favourite to win the Tour de France and he's proved in the past that he can deal with whatever has been thrown at him".

Third place went to the Quick-Step Floors team, seven seconds behind Sky.

"It puts us right back in the game".

The team time-trial might not be the opening week Tour staple it once was, but after the bruising high-octane action of the opening weekend, it represented a major chance for the GC contenders to make some major time gains - or claw back lost time - over their rivals.

"It's not a forgone conclusion just because BMC has gone well in the past". It repeated the team's success in 2015, the last time the Tour featured a team time-trial.

Team Sky, another unusual early starter, were booed by roadside spectators throughout their effort but posted nearly identical times through the first two time checks - as did BMC Racing, who also found themselves in an unfamiliar early start time.

Plagued by suspicions regarding his misuse of asthma-related medicine, the four-time tour victor suffered a start to this morning's Tour that will have undoubtedly pleased many of those fans who had booed Froome and Team Sky earlier this week.

BMC Racing has been a ideal fit for Bevin, who has been able to develop into one of the premier time trial riders on the World Tour.

Fellow Colombian Quintana, twice a Tour runner-up, suffered a puncture 3.5 km from the line and finished one minute 15 seconds off the pace. He was also part of the team that won the team time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico.

"I think this has to be [a career highlight]. It's been a great little journey over the past couple of months to come to this team and become part of a really tight team time trial unit and to really add to that is something I will be proud of for a long time", he said.