Rigoberto Uran was happier than usual as he warmed down after stage 4 of the Tour de France to Sarzeau, knowing he saved his overall chances of success in this year’s race after avoiding losing time in a late crash.
The EF Education First-Drapac team leader was caught up with other riders with just over five kilometres to go as the peloton accelerated and fought for position before a roundabout coming with four kilometres to go. A touch of wheels sent several riders scattering. Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) went down hard and he suffered multiple cuts to his face and other parts of his body. He got up and finished the stage ten minutes down but Alex Domont (AG2R La Mondiale) fractured his collarbone and is out of the Tour de France.
“The most important thing was to not lose time,” Uran explained as he warmed down.
“The great teamwork put me right back on the bunch after the crash and we could finish with the same time as the main pack. It’s a long race, and it’s hard to avoid crashing. We saw the dedication of the team today and that we’re working very well together. That’s something that gives us morale.
“Everything’s fine, I am fine, it’s all good. Tomorrow is a stage with a little bit more movement, and the most important thing is that everything is going well up to now.”
Uran was lucky not to be injured.
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