Copyright: Tour de France
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 18hrs 07mins 04secs
2. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +4secs
3. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) +7secs
4. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +11secs
5. Guillaume Martin (Fra/Cofidis) +13secs
6. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos Grenadiers) +17secs
7. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) Same time
8. Esteban Chaves (Col/Mitchelton-Scott)
9. Nairo Quintana (Col/Arkea-Samsic)
10. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana)
172-man break. Brilliant.
1. Sam Bennett (Ire/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) – 103 points
2. Peter Sagan (Svk/Bora-Hansgrohe) – 96
3. Alexander Kristoff (Nor/UAE Team Emirates) – 90
4. Matteo Trentin (Ita/CCC Team) – 70
5. Caleb Ewan (Aus/Lotto Soudal) – 65
6. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita/NTT Pro) – 55
7. Bryan Coquard (Fra/B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) – 54
It’s strange that none of the minor teams especially, who haven’t been on TV for six months aren’t trying something here.
Will anyone now try to attack to form a breakaway?
No. Still very sedate.
1. Sam Bennett (Ire/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) – 20 points
2. Michael Morkov (Den/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) – 17
3. Caleb Ewan (Aus/Lotto Soudal) – 15
4. Peter Sagan (Svk/Bora-Hansgrohe) – 13
5. Bryan Coquard (Fra/B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) – 11
6. Alexander Kristoff (Nor/UAE Team Emirates) – 10
7. Matteo Trentin (Ita/CCC Team) – 9
8. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita/Total Direct Energie) – 8
9. Daniel Oss (Ita/Bora-Hansgrohe) – 7
10. Elia Viviani (Ita/Cofidis) – 6
So unless Sagan can reverse that deficit at the finish in Privas, Ireland will have its first rider in the green jersey since the great Sean Kelly in 1989.
Could Sagan even be in danger of failing to win green for a record-extending eighth time this year? He looks to have his work cut out.
Peter Sagan just cannot match Sam Bennett’s speed.
The Irishman kicked clear with ease and wins the intermediate sprint.
Caleb Ewan was up there too but didn’t go full pelt, perhaps saving his legs for the finish.
That means Bennett now has the virtual lead in the green jersey points competition.
Here comes Sam Bennett, Peter Sagan on his wheel…
Total Direct Energie and Cofidis now hit the front working for Niccolo Bonifazio and Elia Viviani respectively.
All the main sprinters’ teams are spread out across a wide road as they approach the intermediate sprint point.
Right, some semblance of possible action.
Bora-Hansgrohe move up to the front, a sign that Peter Sagan certainly doesn’t want to surrender his green jersey to Sam Bennett today.
The riders are just 5km from the intermediate sprint point but we’re not seeing any increase in the pace yet.
Everyone happy to have as easy a day as possible so far.
1. Peter Sagan (Svk/Bora-Hansgrohe) – 83 points
2. Sam Bennett (Ire/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) – 83
3. Alexander Kristoff (Nor/UAE Team Emirates) – 80
4. Matteo Trentin (Ita/CCC Team) – 61
5. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita/NTT Pro) – 51
6. Caleb Ewan (Aus/Lotto Soudal) – 50
7. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-Quick-Step) – 47
8. Bryan Coquard (Fra/B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) – 43
9. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) – 36
10. Cees Bol (Ned/Team Sunweb) – 32
We should at least get some action within the next 25km when the race arrives at the intermediate sprint point in L’Epine.
Ireland’s Sam Bennett has the chance to take the virtual lead in the green jersey points classification off Peter Sagan there.
The two are currently tied on points, with Sagan leading because of his superior standing in the general classification.
Bennett could move ahead at the intermediate sprint but the major points today are at the finish so will look to better the Slovakian there too.
FDJ leader Thibaut Pinot has made use of the gentle start to drop back to the medical car and have the dressing on his shoulder seen to.
The French favourite crashed, fortunately just inside the 3km to go mark, on stage one but has looked OK since.
De Gendt has dropped slightly off the front now, with Jumbo-Visma and Bora-Hansgrohe taking control.
They’ve knocked the pace down a fair bit and are merrily chatting away.
So yes, not the most electric start to a stage we’ve seen on the Tour de France.
The stage started from Gap around 35 minutes ago and so far no one has gone off in the breakaway.
In fact, usual breakaway fiend Thomas de Gendt was actually doing a spoiling job on the front of the peloton, setting a high pace to prevent attacks.
Why the change of heart? Because he’s working in support of Lotto Soudal team-mate Caleb Ewan, who won stage three’s sprint and is one of the favourites for victory today.