Tour de France Stage 4 Results and Updates: Cyclists pass through cobbles, a critical day for GC contenders

Tour De France Stage 4 will be treated as one of the most important parts in this year’s route. The tour hits Paris-Roubaix cobbles for a second year and it looks like all teams are better prepared this time.

In 2014, the cobbles provided havoc and confusion to participants, including the contenders. Surely, if it rains, the cyclists will face a tremendous challenge just to finish and to get out of wreck. Vincenzo Nibali used the cobbles to launch his successful bid for the tile in last year’s Tour de France.

For the teams with GC contenders, they have to be wise in placing other riders on the breakaway so that they might be able to help at the latter part of the stage. There’s a great tendency that the peloton will be separated when it comes to the cobbles and the teams must be aware about that.

If the peloton is intact, the cobbles will absolutely be the determining factor to break it. If a team’s strategy fails, then other contenders might have the luxury to seize the moment.

Chris Froome wears the yellow jersey after a wonderful display of prowess in Stage 3, evading the crash. The Team Sky rider, 30, finished just behind Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez at the end of a stage marred by two crashes that saw the race briefly neutralized and stopped. Froome will wear the yellow jersey for the 15th day.