Marcel Kittel wins Tour de France Stage 4 in a sprint to Limoges

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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.