The fourth stage of the Tour de France 2022 ended with the resounding victory of Belgian Wout van Aert of the Jumbo Visma team. After 171.5 km of racing, the yellow jersey won in Calais ahead of his compatriot Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and his teammate Christophe Laporte.
The yellow jersey has therefore not changed hands and Wout van Aert remains at the top of the classification. The Fleming, author of a particularly successful season, has already finished in second place during the first three stages. During this fourth, pushed by his Jumbo-Visma team, Wout van Aert managed to take the lead at the top of the last climb and distance Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadier) and Jonas Vingergaard (Jumbo-Visma) who were on his heels. He also won the green jersey for best sprinter.
In the general classification, he remains closely followed by the Belgian Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) and the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates). At 23, the latter retains the white jersey of best young player.
As for the French riders, Christophe Laporte is the highest in the ranking, in 16th position. The second, Romain Bardet (Team DSM), occupies 24th place, before David Gaudu (Groupama FDJ), in 29th.
Two runners left behind after a long breakaway
During this stage, punctuated by six category 4 climbs, the Dane wearing the polka dot jersey Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education Easypost team) and the Frenchman Anthony Perez (Cofidis team) attacked from the start. They managed to maintain a significant gap with the peloton for 125 km, before Anthony Perez decided to try his luck alone, 45 km from the finish. Magnus Cort Nielsen, for his part, was quickly caught up by the peloton. However, he distinguished himself by beating a record set by Frederico Bahamontes in 1958 since he managed to cross in first position and consecutively eight classified summits. He thus retains the best climber’s polka dot jersey.
The Frenchman was finally also caught by the peloton, 12 km from the finish, after having tried to resist during 160 kilometers of breakaway. His effort will nevertheless have earned him the price of combativeness on this stage.
Departing from Dunkirk, the runners also wanted to pay tribute to the victims of the shooting in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark where the first three days of racing took place. The attack, which occurred two days earlier, killed three people.
🇩🇰 A touching moment as the 10 Danish riders of the peloton join the public and the rest of the riders in a minute’s applause after the events of Sunday night ❤️
🇩🇰 The Tour de France peloton pays tribute to the victims of Copenhagen with a minute of applause ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ccxwQm9ArZ
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