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2020-09-01T15:19:09.289Z

9km to go

UAE Team Emirates, Arkéa-Samsic and Jumbo-Visma are all positioned at the front. Alaphlippe has Jungels for company.

2020-09-01T15:18:07.373Z

Pacher and Vuillermoz are brought back. Neilands is the last man standing but he won’t last much longer either.

2020-09-01T15:17:01.142Z

10km to go

Neilands passes under the 10km banner. He’s just 40 seconds up on the peloton now.

2020-09-01T15:14:21.581Z

Kasper Asgreen and Bob Jungels remain at the front for Alaphlippe. Jumbo-Visma and Ineos Grenadiers lie behind the Belgian team.

2020-09-01T15:11:55.007Z

14km to go

20 seconds between Neilands and the Pacher-Vuillermoz group. 1:15 back to the peloton.

2020-09-01T15:09:27.850Z

Here’s a look at the final climb today.

Orcieres-Merlette TDF 2020

(Image credit: ASO)

2020-09-01T15:08:19.922Z

Neilands took the two points and Pacher took one. A descent now to the base of Orcières-Merlette.

2020-09-01T15:06:30.018Z

Neilands heads off in search of two KOM points and the combativity prize. He has a gap on Pacher and Vuillermoz.

2020-09-01T15:03:33.687Z

Four Deceuninck-QuickStep riders left at the front of the peloton now, including Alaphilippe. Jumbo-Visma and Arkéa-Samsic are just behind them.

2020-09-01T15:02:42.200Z

And now Burgaudeau drops. Just Pacher, Neilands and Vuillermoz left.

2020-09-01T15:02:07.648Z

21km to go

Nils Politt drops back from the break on the climb. Four left now.

2020-09-01T14:59:46.715Z

The Belgian is back with the peloton now. The breakaway hits the penultimate climb.

2020-09-01T14:59:09.022Z

Here’s a look at Benoot’s Cervelo after that crash.

Tiesj Benoot broken bike Tour de France 2020

(Image credit: Eurosport)

2020-09-01T14:57:00.963Z

25km to go

1:45 between break and peloton now, with Benoot riding between them.

2020-09-01T14:55:41.019Z

Tiesj Benoot crashes out of the break, going over the armco barrier into the grass. He’s OK but his seat post and top tube got sliced clean in two.

2020-09-01T14:54:03.325Z

The break hit a descent on the run-in to the penultimate climb of Côte de Saint-Léger-les-Mélèzes. That’s 2.8km long at an average of 6.8 per cent.

2020-09-01T14:52:03.875Z

Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) gets a wheel change from Mavic neutral service.

2020-09-01T14:50:26.446Z

2020-09-01T14:48:02.350Z

Some sprinters are dropping away from the rear of the peloton. Nizzolo, Kristoff, Coquard, Greipel all at the back.

2020-09-01T14:46:08.034Z

BIG DRAMA ON THE CLIMB!

Greg Van Avermaet has a mechanical issue before sprinting back to the peloton.

2020-09-01T14:43:49.053Z

33km to go

The Côte de Saint-Léger-les-Mélèzes is 13km away. Then it’ll be a short downhill before we finally reach the final climb of the day. We should see some sort of action there…

2020-09-01T14:40:37.321Z

Yep, Pacher heads to the front for the final 500 metres. That’s another two points for the Frenchman.

Five points for him now as he goes joint-fifth in the mountain classification.

2020-09-01T14:38:06.569Z

Who will take the points? Pacher once again, I imagine…

2020-09-01T14:37:36.717Z

A 41kph average pace after three hours of racing. The break are in the final kilometre of the climb.

2020-09-01T14:34:07.561Z

37km to go

A number of teams are at the front of the peloton, spread across the road. Jumbo-Visma, Deceuninck-QuickStep, Cofidis, Trek-Segafredo, AG2R La Mondiale.

2020-09-01T14:32:23.203Z

The break hit the Côte de l’Aullagnier now. It’s 3km at 6.4 per cent with two and one point on offer at the top.

2020-09-01T14:28:21.270Z

Tour de France: Alaphilippe equals Thévenet in list of French yellow-jersey wearers

Current race leader has held jersey for 16 days in his career, matching 1975 and 1977 Tour champion Bernard Thévenet – and is just one day away from Darrigade and Pingeon

Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Julian Alaphilippe easily held on to his leader’s yellow jersey for another day on stage 3 of the 2020 Tour de France, finishing safely in the main bunch in Sisteron

(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

2020-09-01T14:23:26.688Z

The breakaway now has 10km to go til the next climb of the day. The gap is 2:30.

2020-09-01T14:19:02.494Z

Imola and La Planche des Belles Filles emerge as favourites to host 2020 World Championships

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2020-09-01T14:15:41.530Z

50km to go

Still no change in situation at the moment. It’s an uphill drag to the next classified climb.

Roll on the finale…

2020-09-01T14:10:23.581Z

The move didn’t last long at all. The break is all back together now.

2020-09-01T14:09:39.905Z

Politt drops back to help his teammate Neilands, however.

2020-09-01T14:09:04.186Z

55km to go

Pacher, Vuillermoz and Politt have taken over the lead of the race after a split in the breakaway. 2:40 back to the peloton.

2020-09-01T14:04:08.242Z

60km to go

25km to go until the next climb of the day, the third-category Côte de l’Aullagnier.

2020-09-01T13:59:02.995Z

Pacher leads the break over the top of the climb. Another point for him, so three in total now.

2020-09-01T13:57:07.608Z

Here’s a look at today’s six-man break:

Team Jumbo rider New Zealands George Bennett R Team AG2R La Mondiale rider Frances Alexis Vuillermoz C and Team Total Direct Energie rider Frances Mathieu Burgaudeau L ride at the front of the race during the 4th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 157 km between Sisteron and OrcieresMerlette on September 1 2020 Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD AFP Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARDAFP via Getty Images

(Image credit: Getty Images)

2020-09-01T13:55:44.451Z

The break close in on the top of our second climb of the day. Only one point on offer up there.

2020-09-01T13:53:09.228Z

Now Vuillermoz has slipped off the front of the break. 

A rather large group has split from the rear of the peloton on the descent. Shouldn’t be any worries to make it back fairly quickly though.

Politt is back with the break now. 7km to go until the next KOM – the Côte de Corps: 2.2km, 6.3 per cent.

2020-09-01T13:45:52.299Z

Tour de France bikes: Julian Alaphilippe’s Tarmac SL7

Clincher tyres, inner tubes, mountain bike rotors and a splash of yellow for the Frenchman in the maillot jaune

Julian Alaphilippe's Specialized Tarmac SL7

(Image credit: Wout Beel)

2020-09-01T13:43:23.944Z

73km to go

Politt is still out there, just 10 seconds up the road. His teammate Krists Neilands is hanging in at the back of the break, not doing any work obviously.

2020-09-01T13:35:57.914Z

The full Deceuninck-QuickStep team has taken to thhe front of the peloton now, in addition to Declercq and Cavagna, who have been there all day.

2020-09-01T13:32:32.356Z

82km to go

12 seconds between Politt and the break, 3:20 back to the peloton.

2020-09-01T13:27:43.490Z

Politt is really going for it here. He has a handful of seconds on the rest of the break in the downhill.

2020-09-01T13:24:03.172Z

The fourth-category Côte de Corps comes in around 25 kilometres.

2020-09-01T13:22:36.206Z

89km to go

A short downhill before another kick up and a longer descent before the next climb. Politt has gone off the front of the break.

2020-09-01T13:18:52.216Z

Pacher takes the two points at the top. Politt led the rest of the break over.

The peloton will cross the top of the climb in 2:50.

2020-09-01T13:17:27.157Z

The Frenchman has a decent gap on his breakmates and looks like leading the way over the top.

2020-09-01T13:16:34.736Z

700 metres from the top and Pacher goes on the attack from the break.

2020-09-01T13:10:40.890Z

96km to go

The break are 3km from the top of the climb now. Only two and one point available up there, by the way.

2020-09-01T13:08:13.772Z

The two Israel Start-Up Nation riders lead the way in the break.

2020-09-01T13:06:14.291Z

This six-man break is hardly made up of star climbers, but so far they’re all sticking together on this Cat 3 climb. Three minutes back to the peloton.

2020-09-01T13:01:55.386Z

The Deceuninck-QuickStep duo and Jumbo-Visma remain planted on the front of the peloton.

2020-09-01T12:58:13.724Z

100km to go

The breakaway passes the 100km to go mark shortly after starting the third-category climb.

2020-09-01T12:56:57.166Z

The break are about to start the Col du Festre (7.6km, 5.3 per cent) now, the first climb of the day.

2020-09-01T12:55:14.556Z

A quick video highlight of that intermediate sprint from the peloton:

2020-09-01T12:52:39.080Z

103km to go

Bennet hit 70kph in that intermediate sprint after jumping from Michael Mørkøv’s wheel. It was a fast one.

2020-09-01T12:50:15.831Z

Looks like Bennett will take green off Sagan then. He was five points behind the Slovakian but made up those points there.

2020-09-01T12:48:34.531Z

Nizzolo, Coquard and Trentin also grabbed some points. A number of riders – Ewan, Greipel, Bol – were nowhere.

2020-09-01T12:46:51.852Z

Bennett takes the nine points for seventh place. Sagan was only the sixth man over the line in the peloton after a wild effort ended with him being boxed in. Four points for him, then.

2020-09-01T12:45:33.203Z

Total Direct Energie lead the way to the sprint. Sagan sits on Bennett’s wheel.

2020-09-01T12:44:43.648Z

Sam Bennett and Peter Sagan are up towards the front of the peloton in anticipation of the sprint.

2020-09-01T12:43:49.274Z

Politt led the break over the sprint ahead of Burgaudeau and Benoot.

Nine points down to one point on offer for the peloton.

2020-09-01T12:40:51.955Z

2020-09-01T12:40:18.423Z

111km to go

2km to go until the sprint now. 3:10 between break and peloton. No real change in the situation.

2020-09-01T12:31:07.512Z

Tour de France’s first summit finish: a power climb – Preview

While Orcières-Merlette has the honour of being the 2020 Tour de France’s first summit finish for stage 4 on Tuesday, in one sense it wouldn’t matter much if it were missed off the route for another two or three decades. And that’s because whatever happens today, when it comes to the sheer scale of the events there back in 1971, it’s very, very unlikely to match them.

Luis Ocaña (centre) and Lucien Van Impe go on the attack with race leader Joop Zoetemelk and Joaquim Agostinho on stage 11 of the 1971 Tour de France between Grenoble and Orcières-Merlette

(Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

2020-09-01T12:25:43.909Z

121km to go

3:25 between break and peloton. There’s 11km to go until the intermediate sprint, so we should see Sagan and co jump away from the peloton there.

2020-09-01T12:18:12.450Z

No wonder-drugs in Remco Evenepoel’s pocket, says Boonen

Retired Belgian comes to youngster’s defence and reveals ‘concrete plans’ had been made for comeback

2020-09-01T12:14:36.732Z

Riders are peeling off from the peloton for nature breaks. No worries in the main group.

2020-09-01T12:12:23.362Z

The wind isn’t too strong though, so there’s no danger of big splits in the peloton heree.

2020-09-01T12:11:21.499Z

The wind is blowing on these flat roads and the peloton is all strung out in single file under the high pace up front.

2020-09-01T12:09:14.646Z

Some analysis of yesterday’s stage courtesy of our colleagues at Procycling magazine:

Tour de France stage 3 analysis: Ewan proves 2019 was no fluke

Tour de France 2020 107th Edition 3rd stage Nice Sisteron 198 km 31082020 Caleb Ewan AUS Lotto Soudal Sam Bennett IRL Deceuninck Quick Step photo Kei TsujiBettiniPhoto2020

(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

2020-09-01T12:05:34.333Z

134km to go

There’s not a ton going on right now. The intermediate sprint comes with 109km to go.

2020-09-01T12:01:18.716Z

UAE Team Emirates are next in line behind Deceuninck-QuickStep and Jumbo-Visma.

2020-09-01T11:58:41.202Z

Julian Alaphilippe at the start today:

“It’s a nice stage today and another day for me to enjoy wearing the yellow jersey. The finale won’t be a walk in the park but I’ll give everything to retain the yellow jersey.

“Some favourites for the GC would be happy if I’d stay in the lead for longer but others like Adam Yates who is only four seconds down would love to take over from me. Anyway, the end of the Tour is still a long way away…”

2020-09-01T11:57:47.552Z

Vuillermoz, who lay 3:53 down on Alaphilippe this morning, is now the virtual leader of the race. The break are 4:10 up the road at the moment.

2020-09-01T11:55:48.867Z

Tim Declercq and Remi Cavagna are the men on the front for Deceuninck-QuickStep. Jumbo-Visma lurk right behind the duo.

2020-09-01T11:52:50.614Z

144km to go

3:50 for the break. It’s a sunny day in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department.

2020-09-01T11:45:51.236Z

Deceuninck-QuickStep are up front with two men leading the peloton. Their team leader Julian Alaphilippe wears yellow today.

2020-09-01T11:44:28.880Z

A good job by Israel Start-Up Nation to get two men in the break here, at their first Tour de France. Hard to imagine this group has a chance to stay away until the end, though…

2020-09-01T11:42:51.696Z

3:30 for the breakaway now. Those are certainly our six for today.

2020-09-01T11:36:23.366Z

156km to go

The six-man group is already a minute up the road. Not much of a battle for the break, then…

2020-09-01T11:34:33.126Z

Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale), Quentin Pacher (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) are there too, while Mathieu Burgaudeau (Total Direct Energie) also made it across.

2020-09-01T11:33:09.701Z

Five riders have jumped away immediately. Krists Neilands and Nils Politt (Israel Start-Up Nation) are up there, as is Tiesj Benoot (Team Sunweb).

2020-09-01T11:32:05.124Z

160km to go

And here we go. Christian Prudhomme drops the flag and the director’s car is away.

2020-09-01T11:27:23.402Z

There’s a 2.5km ride through the town of Sisteron before the flag drops and racing gets underway.

2020-09-01T11:24:26.214Z

We’re about to get underway in just a few minutes now.

2020-09-01T11:16:29.791Z

A bit of a downbeat look at the day from one of them, Arkéa-Samsic’s Nairo Quintana…

2020-09-01T11:13:51.207Z

Today will be the first big chance for the GC favourites to make their mark. Early summit finishes are usually quieter affairs than anticipated, with a large group of GC men crossing the line together. Will things be different today?

2020-09-01T11:08:23.686Z

Today we’ll have five climbs on the menu, culminating in the first category summit finish.

Col du Festre: 7.6km, 5.3 per cent

Côte de Corps: 2.2km, 6.3 per cent

Côte de l’Aullagnier: 3km, 6.4 per cent

Côte de Saint-Léger-les-Mélèzes: 2.8km, 6.8 per cent

Orcières-Merlette: 7.1km, 6.7 per cent

2020-09-01T11:02:06.824Z

If you missed yesterday’s action then we have a comprehensive stage report here as well as a look at the stage 3 highlights

2020-09-01T10:56:37.957Z

Lotto Soudal sprinter Caleb Ewan won yesterday’s stage into Sisteron with a dazzling sprint finish. He’s still pretty pleased about it, but today is far from a day for him.

2020-09-01T10:53:05.946Z

We’re around 35 minutes away from the start of the stage in Sisteron. The start festivities are underway, while the start proper will be called at 13:30 local time, five minutes after the roll out from the town.

2020-09-01T10:49:55.214Z

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 4 of the Tour de France, the first summit finish of the race to  Orcières-Merlette.

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