Seraing to Cambrai, France (221.5km)
Tuesday, July 7 | 6:05 a.m. EST – 11:40 a.m. EST
Stage 4 covers 221km across France and Belgium, making it the longest of the 102nd Tour de France. Just as important, there are 13.3km of pavé across seven sections. No one will soon forget what happened on the cobbled stage last year: The way in which Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) dominated on a similar stage, in appalling conditions, last year should put fear into the other GC contenders. In fact, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) went to inspect the route in March. What will be the outcome this year? The pavé should be easier to deal with, as several sections consist of rising false flats that demand a little less technical skill. But there will still be gaps. After four days of racing, the first heads will fall.