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[Last 3 KM] Sprint - Tour de France 2015 - Stage 4

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TUESDAY, JULY 7TH - STAGE 4 - 223.5km Seraing / Cambrai ********************************************************************************************************************************************** After an opening three days filled with frustration, Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) expunged his woes on stage 4 of the Tour de France with a daring late attack that saw him move into the yellow jersey. The German finished second in the opening day time trial before missing out on the yellow jersey the next day due to a botched Etixx sprint, and ending stage 3 second on GC by a solitary second behind Chris Froome (Team Sky). It even looked like he would have to endure further frustration as he suffered a mechanical and had to change bikes in the latter stages of a cobbled stage that failed to serve up drama of the proportions of last year. But with 3.5 kilometres remaining, the German made a bold attack, the kind only he can make stick, and punched the air in sheer delight as he crossed the line. "Having a flat tire and changing the bike, with the wrong position, I was just thinking to finish the stage and look forward to the next stages," Martin said. "Suddenly, five kilometres to the finish, we were all together and everyone was looking at each other, nobody really wanted to pull, so I just decided to give it a chance and to go for it, and somehow I found some power and I made it. "I don’t know what happened in the back but I was so nervous, I was just pulling. I don’t know how many watts I pulled but it was more than I ever did. Now I am so happy, and a thousand thanks to my team for supporting me the whole week." Behind him, John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) beat Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Greg van Avermaet (BMC) to the line in what many would have predictied would be the sprint for the win. Results : 1 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 5:28:58 2 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:03 3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN - Qhubeka 6 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 7 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha 8 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 9 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step 10 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar General classification after stage 4: 1 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 12:40:26 2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:12 3 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:25 4 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:00:38 5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:39 6 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:40 7 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:46 8 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:48 9 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:15 10 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:16