NANCY – Italy’s Elia Viviani completed his set of grand tour stage wins when he claimed the fourth stage of the Tour de France, a 213.5-km flat ride from Reims on Tuesday.
The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider, in his second Tour after first experiencing it in 2014, beat Norwegian Alexander Kristoff and Australian Caleb Ewan in a mass sprint finish.
“It was truly the big goal of this season. I won on the Giro, I won on the Vuelta, and now I have come full circle,” Viviani, who has five Giro d’Italia and three Vuelta stage wins to his name, told reporters.
“I had missed my lead-out in the first stage, it was my fault and I was very disappointed. So, this time I only thought about not losing (Maximiliano) Richeze's wheel.”
The 30-year-old timed his effort perfectly to pip Kristoff to the line and move up to second in the points classification behind Slovakian Peter Sagan, who ended up fourth.