Viviani fastest as France fetes Alaphilippe | Sports , Other Sports

Viviani fastest as France fetes Alaphilippe | Sports , Other Sports

He also won two stages on the Tour past year. He accepted he made a mistake in the opening sprint in Brussels by losing the wheel of his lead-out train in the hectic finale but made sure he didn't make the same mistake on Tuesday.

"At last! At last I have done what I set out to do", the 30-year-old Viviani said after his first ever Tour de France stage win. It was the big goal of the year.

'It was a nice day until the last 50km, when it went a bit insane, manic and stressful, ' the Welshman said, 'so I'm happy to get it out of the way'. Today we did a ideal job, you saw how the lead-out did. I am pretty happy, I just missed this win, I had won in the Giro and in the Vuelta and now in the Tour de France. "I feel at the very top now". "What a lovely way to start the tour here in France", he said.

In a fast snaking finish in which speeds nudged nearly 60mph, Thomas and Ineos team-mate Egan Bernal stayed out of trouble as Viviani was led to the line by team-mate and current race leader Julian Alaphilippe of France, victor of Stage 3 in Epernay. "I can't believe it".

"I enjoyed every kilometre today and at the end we got a attractive victory so it was incredible", Alaphilippe said.

It was a second consecutive stage victory for Viviani's Belgian team after Alaphilippe's champagne moment in Epernay on Monday powered him into the yellow jersey. "But now were back!" "I made it. I'm delighted". Today I told him to keep the lead and not let anyone come over us. 'I knew this stage suited me.

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Nicolas Roche (Sunweb) and Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) both finished safely within the peloton, 31 seconds down on Alaphilippe. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) " 5.

"I hope this is only the start".

Stage five is due to take place tomorrow. "I wasn't aggressive enough, and it was a hard finish, and that was all-important me for this win", Viviani said. "If I am off the podium [in Paris] by four seconds then I might be more disappointed".

"On the descent with 10km to go I didn't dare look at my Garmin (speedometer)". There's nothing wrong with thinking big.

"It's all for one and one for all in this team, you need to defend each other and friendship goes a long way in this sport", he said of the help Alaphilippe had given in winning his first Tour de France stage.

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