Stage 4 Nice Moy Sisteron to Orcieres-Merlette: September 1st. 160.5 km 3252m total climbing 1820m max elevation 5 climbs 1 sprint. This is the first summit finish at a ski resort. 6 cyclists broke away from the start. N. Politt won the first 4 mountain top points but only Krists Neilands stuck it out for 153 miles and 7.5 miles from the finish before being caught by the Peloton (seen above). The scenery was beautiful today and there were interesting resorts and the observatory along the route. Despite the steep climb with switchbacks, the teams lined up to race for the finish with 1km left. Wout Van Aert set such a fast pace that no one came around him until he peeled off. It got rid of all but 16 cyclists. The fast run-in to the finish included the favorite sprinters and Primoz Roglic emerged the winner so is now in 3rd place overall - 7 seconds behind Julian Alaphilippe who retained the yellow jersey for another day. Sagan will wear the Green Jersey. The question of the day is how many days will Alaphilippe retain the jersey -- he held it for 13 days last year.
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