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Tour of Britain 2017: Fernando Gaviria wins sprint into Newark-on-Trent

Joe Robinson
6 Sep 2017

Fernando Gaviria beats Elia Viviani in sprint finish on Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) beat Elia Viviani (Team Sky) in the sprint finish into Newark-on-Trent to take Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain. 

The race finished in yet another sprint finish after a break of five were caught on the way to the finish. Gaviria managed to pip Viviani at the line in yet another photo finish.

The riders now gear up for Thursday's 16km time trial in Tendring, Essex. Tomorrow's stage is expected to be decisive in the general classification battle with little in the way of climbing days left .

Today's stage as it happened 

Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain will take the riders north from Mansfield towards Doncaster before scooping south and west towards the finish in Newark-on-Trent.

With the route taking on only one categorised climb all day, another sprint finish remains likely.  

Yesterday's stage saw Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) out sprint Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) to take a second stage victory and the overall lead. Ewan leads Elia Viviani (Team Sky) by six seconds on general classification. 

As has been the order of affairs all week, the British continental teams made up the lion's share of the breakaway with five riders going clear. 

The break consisted of Mark McNally (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Jacob Scott (An-Post Chain Reaction) and Alistair Slater (JLT Condor). Completing the line-up were Madison Genesis duo Richard Handley and Alex Blain.

In an attempt to bridge to the escapees, Bryan Lewis (Cylance Cycling) and James Lowsley Williams (Bike Channel-Canyon) also attacked the main group in attempt to join the five leaders.   

This attack came to no avail however with both riders being subsequently disqualified. Lowsley Williams and Lewis found themselves removed for the race for using their pavement for their attack. 

The peloton held the lead group at around 3 minutes for the majority of the day, showing their intent at having the stage finish with a bunch sprint. 

McNally managed to nab the full compliment of points at both sprints, taking six points in total. 

With under 40km left to race, a poorly placed parked car saw a crash at the rear of the peloton. Thankfully, nobody was left too harmed with Brent Bookwater (BMC Racing) being the biggest name to hit the deck. 

With 16km remaining, the break were managing to hold the bunch at 1 minute 41 however, with teams such as Dimension Data and LottoNL-Jumbo controlling the pace, it looked ominous for the leaders. 

As the race went though 10km to go, the pace in the peloton became very fast, bringing down the gap to the break quickly. The speed of the main group was so high that some riders at the rear of the peloton struggled to keep intact. 

The bunch eventually caught the break with 3km left to race, bringing the peloton to the finish for a sprint finish.

Tour of Britain Stage 4: Mansfield - Newark-on-Trent, 164.7km, result

1. Fernando Gaviria (COL) Quick-Step Floors, 3:43:31
2. Elia Viviani (ITA), Team Sky, at same time 
3. Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Katusha-Alpecin, at st 
4. Dylan Groenewegen (NED) LottoNL-Jumbo, at st 
5. Alan Banaszek (POL) CCC Sprandi Polkowice, at st
6. Andrea Pasqualon (ITA) Wanty-Groupe Gobert, at st
7. Harry Tanfield (GBR) Bike Channel-Canyon
8. Enzo Wouters (BEL) Lotto-Soudal, at st
9. Nikolas Maes (BEL) Lotto-Soudal, at st
10. Nils Politt (GER) Katusha-Alpecin, at st

Tour of Britain: General Classification after Stage 4

1. Elia Viviani (ITA) Team Sky, 17:38:05
2. Caleb Ewan (AUS) Orica-Scott, at same time
3. Fernando Gaviria (COL) Quick-Step Floors, at 0:06
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Dimension Data, at 0:07 
5. Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Katusha-Alpecin, at 0:12
6. Karol Domagalski (POL) One Pro Cycling, at 0:14
7. Silvan Dillier (SUI) BMC Racing, at 0:15
8. Kamil Gradek (POL) One Pro Cycling, at st
9. Lars Boom (NED) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 0:18
10. Richard Handley (GBR) Madison Genesis, at 0:19

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