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Live ticker 4th stage: Dunkerque – Calais (Tour de France 2022)

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15:15

Still seven minutes

Slowly but surely, the teams in the peloton who are interested in winning the day have to think about when they want to start their engines. Of course there are still seven minutes to catch up, precisely because there are only two drivers in front. But it’s slowly becoming quite a feat.

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15:12

Nielsen continues to collect mountain points

This time Magnus Cort Nielsen drives the mountain classification from the front. A little before the finish, the Dane takes a quick look around, but Anthony Perez just waves his hand and signals that he is not interested. Nielsen rolls over the line and wraps up his eighth point.

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15:08

Côte de Remilly-Wirquin

The second mountain classification of the day is coming up. On the Côte de Remilly-Wirquin, riders have to climb over 1.1 kilometers at an average gradient of 6.8%. Will things get back to business between Nielsen and Perez up front?

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15:04

Jakobsen before van Aert

In the peloton, the remaining points in the classification in Lumbres are not being seriously contested. A few of the usual suspects do a small sprint in the front, which Fabio Jakobsen ultimately wins just ahead of Wout van Aert and moves a little closer to the leading Belgian in the ranking.

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14:58

Sprint in lumbres

The two escapees have meanwhile arrived in Lumbres. This time, however, there is no fight for the points and Nielsen lets Anthony Perez roll over the line first and collect the 20 points.

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14:53

record for Nielsen

Incidentally, Magnus Cort Nielsen has secured an entry in the history books with his success in the mountains classification on the Côte de Cassel. The Dane has now won the first seven mountain classifications of a tour. Nobody has been able to do that before.

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14:48

Six minutes

Magnus Cort Nielsen and Anthony Perez have now increased their lead to six minutes. That sounds like a lot, but we’ve already seen how quickly the peloton can get closer if they want to.

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14:45

Sprint classification in Lumbres

In a few kilometers, the sprint ranking of the day will take place in Lumbres. The 20 points for the winner and 17 for the runner-up will go to breakaways Nielsen and Perez. In the main field, the sprinters fighting for the green jersey are still fighting for 15 points for third and the other points.

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14:40

Visiting St Omer

The guide duo is currently crossing the town of St. Omer. The city of art and history is characterized by various antique buildings and is part of the regional nature park. In 2001, the town hosted a stage of the tour that was won by a certain Erik Zabel.

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14:34

The lead is getting bigger again

After a few wild minutes, things have calmed down again. At the top of the peloton, the pace is out again and there is laughter and whispering. Cort Nielsen and Perez can now continuously extend their lead again.

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14:30

gap closed again

With Mathieu van der Poel, Marc Hirschi, Guillaume Martin, Thibaut Pinot and Chris Froome, there are a number of strong names in the group, which was slightly left behind in the first climb. Accordingly, the gap to the main field, which is no longer running at full capacity, is now being closed again.

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14:24

unrest in the peloton

The quickening of the tempo by Quick-Step has created a certain unrest in the field. Afraid of falling behind, several teams are stepping in and sending people up front. Meanwhile, a small group of nine riders led by Mikkel Honoré has fallen a minute and a half behind the peloton.

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14:20

Nielsen remains in the welcome jersey

By the way, it is already clear that Magnus Cort Nielsen will wear the mountain jersey tomorrow as well. The Dane now has seven points and five are up for grabs today. Of course, Nielsen would also like to have a few more of these in order to extend its lead for the coming days.

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14:17

The ledge melts

Not only at the front did the pace increase for a short time. The peloton has now also picked up the pace and has already nibbled off a minute and a half of the deficit. However, this is probably more due to the fact that the teams of the classification riders wanted to master the climb on the cobblestones rather than the fact that they really want to catch the breakaways.

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14:13

Nielsen sprints to the mountain point

Magnus Cort Nielsen and Anthony Perez are actually engaged in a gripping duel for the one mountain point to be grabbed on the Côte de Cassel. Perez starts first, but is swallowed up again by the mountain jersey with 300 meters to go and Nielsen pulls through confidently. Point number seven for the Dane.

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14:07

Cote de Cassel

The first mountain classification of the day is about to start on the Côte de Cassel. Over 1.7 kilometers it goes up with a gradient of 4.2%. And that on the finest French cobblestones. Whoever gets to the top first gets a point for the mountain classification.

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14:00

Quick-Step has had enough

The time has come. At least one team has decided that a good six-minute lead is enough for the two breakaways. Team Quick-Step has taken the lead in the peloton and is now pushing the pace. Above all, of course, to keep sprint star Fabio Jakobsen’s chances of another day’s victory open.

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13:55

Perez in the virtual maillot jaune

Anthony Perez started this fourth stage 5:16 behind leader Wout van Aert. In the meantime, the Frenchman has been gone for more than six and a half minutes together with Magnus Cort Nielsen (+12:10 min.) and has thus at least virtually won the yellow jersey.

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13:51

Who does the work?

Of course, the five-and-a-half-minute lead of the breakaways can still easily be made up for by the field. But it is also clear that the work to be done does not decrease and that the effort ultimately increases when the backlog becomes too large. Slowly but surely, the first teams should therefore show interest in a bit of leadership work.

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13:46

Already four minutes

The two escapees are now gone in more than four minutes. The teams who would like to get their sprinters into position at the end of the race are still worried, but don’t worry and the field will continue to chat in a relaxed manner.

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13:42

Motivation mountain jersey

For Magnus Cort Nielsen, the main thing is of course to keep the dotted mountain jersey and possibly even extend the lead. Yesterday, the Dane won all mountain classifications and collected six points. If he catches up today, that could be a head start that can be transported for a few days.

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13:37

Everything is quiet

That was apparently the end of the action for the first half of the race. Cort Nielsen and Perez are already almost two minutes ahead and the peloton continues to kick back. The top teams just don’t have any ambitions to work up front in this first week.

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1:35 p.m

Duo’s leaving

Two riders immediately pedal hard. Just like yesterday, it’s Denmark’s Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education-Easypost) trying his luck. At his side is Anthony Perez (Cofidis). Apparently, the main field has no desire to counter it and lets the two go.

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1:30 p.m

Sharp start

Let’s go! Tour Director Christian Prudhomme waves the flag and the race begins.

13:22

Another five kilometers

The entourage of 176 drivers has meanwhile set off and rolls along the coast in bright sunshine. Five kilometers are still strolled, then it gets down to business. The first breakaway attempts shouldn’t be long in coming today.

13:14

The jerseys

Wout van Aert continues in yellow after his second place yesterday. The Belgian is seven seconds ahead of Yves Lampaert and 14 seconds ahead of Tadej Pogačar, who has donned the white jersey for the best young player. The green also goes to van Aert, but today it is worn by Fabio Jakobsen, who is second in the points classification, 17 points behind. After his solo ride yesterday, Magnus Cort Nielsen is in a dotted jersey and with a red start number.

13:07

It’s getting hilly

After the largely flat start in Denmark, the pleasantly flat landscape is over for the drivers today. The north of France is hilly as usual and today we have five mountain classifications of the fourth category in the program. Above all, the final climb at Cap Blanc-Nez ten kilometers before the finish should make this stage interesting for breakaway groups and soloists. The wind will certainly play a role again. Before the terrain on the second half of the route becomes more demanding, a sprint classification is scheduled after 63 kilometers in Lumbres.

12:59 p.m

bon jour!

Hello and welcome to the fourth stage of the 2022 Tour de France! After yesterday’s rest day, including a transfer from Denmark, we continue today on the French coast on the English Channel. From Dunkirk, there are 171.5 kilometers to cover on the way to Calais. The sharp start is scheduled for around 1:30 p.m.

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