LIMOGES, France — German rider Marcel Kittel claimed the fourth stage of the Tour de France after a massive sprint on Tuesday.
Frenchman Bryan Coquard looked set to post his first stage win at cycling’s showpiece event until Kittel resisted his rival’s late surge and beat him by a whisker.
It was Kittel’s ninth stage win at the Tour.
The longest stage of the race took the Peloton from Saumur to Limoges in central France on a 237.5-kilometer ride.
Early attackers built up a six-minute lead but their 200-kilometer breakaway was reined in by the pack.
World champion Peter Sagan kept the yellow jersey.
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) Brazilian team Soul Brasil Pro Cycling faces another ban from racing after two more riders were implicated in doping.
The International Cycling Union says the team will be judged by its disciplinary panel which can impose bans of up to one year.
Cycling rules allow teams to be suspended if two riders are caught doping in a one-year period.
In December, the team’s riders were suspended for 55 days after three cases involving the banned blood booster CERA since July. They included Kleber Ramos of Brazil, who competed in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic road race.
The UCI says the latest cases involve biological passport results for Alex Correia Diniz, who is provisionally suspended, and an allegation against Otavio Bulgarelli of tampering with a doping sample.
GENT, Belgium (AP) Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet won his second race in three days Sunday, beating fellow Belgian Jens Keukeleire in a two-man sprint finish to take the Gent-Wevelgem classic.
World champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia, who won last year’s race, finished third.
The 249-kilometer (154.7-mile) race through Belgium included two ascents of the steep, cobbled Kemmelberg hill, one of the iconic climbs of the spring classics season.
Last year’s race was overshadowed by the death of Belgian rider Antoine Demoitie after a fall.
Sagan fell Friday in the E3 Harelbeke, which Van Avermaet also won to add to his victory last month in Het Nieuwsblad.