Tour de France stage 4 LIVE: Result as Wout van Aert makes solo charge to win in Calais

Wout van Aert celebrates winning stage four in Calais

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Wout van Aert extended his overall lead in the Tour de France when he finished off some sterling team work to win the fourth stage on Tuesday.

The Jumbo Visma rider left all his rivals gasping for air on the final hill of the 171.5-km ride from Dunkirk after his Jumbo Visma team’s brutal acceleration blew apart the peloton.

The Belgian jumped away from a skimmed pack with less than 12km left in the short ascent of the Cote du Cap Blanc Nez and never looked back to clinch his seventh individual stage win on the Tour.

Belgian Jasper Philipsen took second place with France’s Christophe Laporte finishing third, eight seconds behind according to provisional timings.

Follow all the latest updates from stage 4 of the Tour de France below.

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Tour de France 2022 stage-by-stage guide, route maps and profiles

Standing in his way is the sheer strength and depth of Dutch team Jumbo-Visma, who carry multiple threats including Pogacar’s national teammate Primoz Roglic and last year’s Tour runner-up, Jonas Vingegaard. Ineos Grenadiers are without their leading light Egan Bernal, the 2019 champion who is still recovering from injury, but they do have the in-form Geraint Thomas fresh from winning the Tour de Suisse, as well as potential stage winners Adam Yates and Tom Pidcock.

Here is a stage-by-stage look at this year’s route:

Michael Jones5 July 2022 17:31

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Tour de France 2022: Current standings after Stage 4

  1. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) 13hrs 2’43’’
  2. Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) +25 secs
  3. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) +32 secs
  4. Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) +36 secs
  5. Mathieu Van Der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) +38 secs
  6. Jonas Vinegaard (Jumbo-Visma) +40 secs
  7. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +41 secs
  8. Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) +48 secs
  9. Stefan Kung (Groupama – FDJ) +48 secs
  10. Thomas Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) +49 secs

Michael Jones5 July 2022 17:20

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Tour de France 2022 Stage 5 preview: Route map and profile as cobbles provide treacherous test

Stage five of the Tour de France presents one of the hardest tests of the entire 2022 race as the peloton takes on 11 sectors of cobblestones on a hilly 157km route from Lille to La Porte du Hainaut.

The cobbles – or pavé – provide an often brutal challenge on the Paris-Roubaix monument race, where crashes are frequent and injuries commonplace, and the riders will need all their bike-handling skills in order to stay upright and avoid an incident which could lose them time or even force them to abandon the race.

The stage begins with an early intermediate sprint after 37km, which could bring out some of the sprinters to the front of the pack looking to pick up the green jersey points on offer.

At the halfway point the cobbles begin. Most of the pavé sectors are around 1.3km long and take professional riders around two and a half minutes to complete, but there are some longer stretches of 2.5km which will take more than four minutes to get through.

Michael Jones5 July 2022 17:10

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Reaction from Van Aert

Wout van Aert says that the final 10km were ‘all-out suffering’ after he decided to make a play for the finish line from the peak of the final climb.

It proved to be the correct decision as he flew to the stage victory 15 seconds in front of the nearest rival. He said:



I didn’t want to take the risk. It was quite obvious that we were trying something with the team.

“I felt it was super hard on the climb and we heard on the radio that were was some damage. So I went for it. I decided to go alone and then it was 10km of all-out suffering.”

Michael Jones5 July 2022 17:06

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Tour de France 2022: Jasper Philipsen mistakenly celebrates stage 4 victory

Tour de France sprinter Jasper Philipsen celebrated crossing the finish line to win stage four of the race on Tuesday, only to discover he had finished second.

The Tour returned to France after an opening three days in Denmark for a hilly 172km route from Dunkirk to Calais on the north coast of the country.

Unbeknownst to Philipsen, the man in the yellow jersey Wout van Aert decided to make a solo surge up the final climb of the day and on to the finish, staying out in front to win in impressive style.

As Philipsen approached the finish he sprinted away from those around him and beat them to the line, perhaps a little easier than he might have imagined. None the wiser, the Belgian punched the air and roared thinking he had clinched the first Tour de France stage win of his career.

In fact, Van Aert had extended his overall lead in the Tour de France after he left all his rivals gasping for air on the final hill.

Michael Jones5 July 2022 16:59

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Wout van Aert wins Stage 4 of the Tour de France!

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Michael Jones5 July 2022 16:53

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Wout van Aert wins Stage 4 of the Tour de France!

After a powerful attack on Cote du Cap Blanc-Nez, Wout van Aert averaged 62.0km/h in the final 10km to storm home for his seventh stage win at the Tour de France and first in 2022.

When asked if he was done with sprint finishes after the race he joked: ‘Yes, of course. Why leave it to chance.’

Michael Jones5 July 2022 16:46

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Wout van Aert wins Stage 4 of the Tour de France!

Wout van Aert came home, 15 seconds ahead of the rest of the peloton. He spoke after the race and says that the move up the climb was a pre-planned move from Jumbo-Visma.

They executed it perfectly.

Michael Jones5 July 2022 16:39

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Wout van Aert wins Stage 4 of the Tour de France!

It’s a seventh Tour de France win for Wout van Aert. Jasper Philipsen takes second with a decent sprint to the line but he’s quite a way behind the Tour leader.

Here’s the top five rider from Stage 4:

Michael Jones5 July 2022 16:37

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Wout van Aert wins Stage 4 of the Tour de France!

They can’t catch him. What a ride from the Yellow Jersey holder!

Wout van Aert comes home in first place to take the stage. Three runners-up places and now a stage win for the Belgian.

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Michael Jones5 July 2022 16:32

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