Stage 4 at the Tour de France lands on the northern shores of France as the riders travel from Dunkirk to Calais.
Dylan Groenewegen (Team BikeExchange–Jayco) is the lead rider at the top of the General Classification after the initial run abroad and his success contrasts with the Stage 2 victory of Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team).
The pair clashed in 2020 in the Tour de Pologne in an incident that threatened to end Jakobsen's career, if not worse, and left the Dutchman's reputation in tatters.
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Riders will be tasked with negotiating a route from Dunkirk to Calais, which stretches 171.5km. The two cities are relatively flat but along the way there will be several climbs that could start to sap the legs after the initial adrenaline of the Tour wears off.
Stage 5 is expected to be a far tougher opposition so riders may choose to play it safe and store energy for worse to come, or they may strike out now if they are confident in their stamina. The next stage's cobblestones can be brutal to suffer, but there are six category 4 climbs to come on Tuesday.
The fourth stage may be decided on the final climb, just under 11km from the finish, and marks a chance for someone to make a decisive attack with little chance to pull back anyone who makes a successful breakaway.
With the weather set to be mild enough not to pose any problems and a flat finale to the stage, there could be some powerful performances on display in the race to the finish line.


Each and every stage will be broadcast from the start line to the finish on Eurosport and GCN+, bookended by The Breakaway, presented by Orla Chennaoui and featuring regular contributions from pundits Robbie McEwen, Adam Blythe and Dan Lloyd.
Bradley Wiggins will be doing his thing on the back of a motorbike, while the 2012 victor also returns with his critically acclaimed podcast, The Bradley Wiggins Show by Eurosport. Hannah Walker and Bernie Eisel will be on site speaking to the people that matter.
For the first time, cycling will be introduced to our Cube studio for coverage of the Tour de France and the Tour de France Femmes. A raft of new innovations awaits, including augmented reality analysis tools and unique virtual backdrops that will enhance the viewing experience even further.
An “inclinometer” feature will be introduced, a 3D representation bringing to life the gradients faced by the peloton. New technologies within the Cube environment will also showcase some of the finer, tactical nuances of the sport such as echelons and time trial setup.


Tune in from 11:45 – 17:15 on Tuesday July 5 to watch Stage 4 of the Tour de France. Watch the action on Eurosport 1, with uninterrupted coverage on discovery+.


Tour de France Stage 4 profile

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