Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept-B&B Hotels) Friday, the fourth stage of the 65th four days of Dunkirk, with the start in Fort-Mahon-Plage and arrival after 179,8 km in Le Portel, won. The 27-year-old Frenchman took it after a sprint with a small group for his fellow-countryman Clément Venturini and the Dutchman Mike Teunissen.
Tom Van Asbroeck finished fourth, just for Jens Keukeleire. For Coquard was, after the openingsetappe in the etoile de Bessèges and the second stage of the Tour of the Sarthe, his third victory of the season. The Dutchman Mike Teunissen takes the pink leader’s jersey of his country – and teammate Dylan Groenewegen.
Just after the start, pulled Lionel Taminiaux, the Spaniard Urko Berrade and the Frenchman Clement Carisey in the attack. The platoon left immediately committed and so began the three leaders on the first climb of the day, Dominios, after 24 km course, with a lead of 4:50. The distance between the early escapees and the main group would gradually and constantly increase. At one time it was the backwardness of the peloton increased up to even 11:30.
The Dutchman Jan-Willem van Ship pulled up after about 60 kilometres only in the counter-attack. His attempt would be beaches until 6:15 of the leading trio. Taminiaux, Berrade and Carisey were the three local laps in the coastal city of Le Portel trimming with a lead of 4:20 on the peloton that in the meantime the useless attempt of Jan-Willem van Ship a replacement had done.
Behind the leading trio was, in the local rounds with each of the ascent of the Saint-Etienne-Au-Mont, the pace is significantly increased. The early escapees were allowed to the penultimate round trimming with a clue of 2:42 on a wake up shot to the peloton. The finale was a barrage of uitvalspogingen. The early escapees were in the final lap eaten and then it was to the real valves to move to the foreground of the image cycling. Finally pulled a group of fourteen riders, with Coquard, Venturini, Teunissen, Van Asbroeck, Keukeleire, Claeys, De Gendt, Antomarchi and Allegaert to the final stage. In the subsequent sprint showed Bryan Coquard is the strongest.
Saturday is the queen’s stage in the program of these four days of Dunkirk. Then drive the riders of Gravelines to Mont Cassel. The French stage race is Sunday ended with the stage between Roubaix and Dunkerque.