It's his first ever Tour de France but 23-year-old Fernando Gaviria is fast making a name for himself in his debut tournament, winning two of the four stages so far.
Jul 10 2018 05:57 pm CET Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) has taken the victory of the fourth stage at the Tour de France.
"It was a very hard sprint, but we knew how to pull it off", Gaviria said.
When it came to the business end though his lead out train was infiltrated by another rider, he got out of position and could not respond when the eventual victor Fernando Gaviria launched his attack pursued by Peter Sagan and Andre Greipel. And maybe we will see the next days on the climbs.
Another flat stage, and another day where the weather stayed calm and the sprinters were left to duke it out.
BMC edged out Team Sky for victory in the stage three team time trial at the Tour de France but Chris Froome was able to wipe out numerous losses suffered in Saturday's chaotic opener.
A crash in the middle of the bunch disrupted the chase further, with Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) among the worst affected, while Rigoberto Uran (EF-Drapac) was one of the GC contenders forced to chase back.
Van Avermaet, the 2016 Olympic road race champion who is support rider for BMC leader Richie Porte, took the overall lead when his team won Monday's team time trial.
But there were no changes among the title hopefuls.
Movistar will be delighted that Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde are right on the heel of the Sky train, with Valverde having plenty of cobbled form. The 2014 champion Vincenzo Nibali was 19th (1:06), Romain Bardet 20th (1:15) and Nairo Quintana was 48th (2:08).
Fans cheered and waved the black-and-white striped Breton flag on the roadside as the peloton rolled through the country villages.
Wednesday's fifth stage is a 204.5 km hilly ride from Lorient to Quimper that should favour the one-day Belgian classic specialists such as Van Avermaet.
The intermediate sprint in Derval brought the sprinters to the fore in a dress rehearsal for the finale with limited green jersey points on offer after the breakaway swept up the majority of the spoils.
During Tuesday's stage, several syringes were seen alongside the course route in apparent protest by anti-Froome spectators.
Froome is aiming to join Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain as the only riders to win the Tour five times.
The three-week Tour ends July 29 in Paris.