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  1. Kittel pips Coquard in photo finish
  2. Cavendish eighth; misses out on 29th stage win
  3. Stage 4: 237.5km from Saumur to Limoges
  4. Get involved using #bbccycling

Live Reporting

By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Up, up and away

Well, that's it from me today. I'll be back tomorrow from 12:00 BST as we start to get punchy and head into Massif Central.

I strongly suggest you read Geraint Thomas' stage preview and that you keep across the BBC 5 live twitter account for the BeSpoke podcast later today.

Tour de France

Green jersey

And Mark Cavendish will cling on to the green jersey, on a technicality.

Peter Sagan leads the sprinters, but he can't wear two jerseys at once (well, he could, but he'd be a bit warm) so he'll don the yellow and hand the green to Cav.

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Emma Swift: Wow. And I thought yesterday was close. #chapeau @marcelkittel for never giving up!

Matt Taggart: So Kittel's learned to snipe as well?

Andrew Harvey: Us lot on Reddit thought that would be too hard for Kittel, so I took him out of my fantasy team... Whoops 

Yellow jersey

I've had a glance down the stage result - and it seems all the GC contenders got home safely in the peloton, so no massive time shifts.

Chris Froome was 37th.

Peter Sagan, who came in third today, adds some bonus time to his haul to go 12 seconds clear in the overall race.

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Where's Froome?

I'll let Team Sky do my job for me and fill you in.

Warming down in Limoges after a job well done. No time loss for @chrisfroome who sits 5th, 18" off yellow #TDF2016

Warming down in Limoges after a job well done. No time loss for @chrisfroome who sits 5th, 18" off yellow #TDF2016

'I'm very emotional'


Winner Marcel Kittel (left in the photo): "I'm very emotional. It feels like my first stage win again. I'm very happy and proud because the team was fighting for this win. To win a stage like this - I can't believe it."

McLay the man

New Zealand-born, Leicester-raised Fortuneo rider Dan McLay is having quite the Tour so far, isn't he?

He had two ninth-placed finishes in the first three stages and today he was a wonderful seventh.

No joy for Cav

No victory and 29th stage win for Mark Cavendish on Tynwald Day. He came in eighth.

A close one

Try picking a winner at this point...


It's your ninth, matey. Enjoy it. A wonderful finish.

.@marcelkittel: "C'est comme ma 1ere victoire / It feels like my 1st stage win" #TDF2016

.@marcelkittel: "C'est comme ma 1ere victoire / It feels like my 1st stage win" #TDF2016

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Jess Parsons: WHAT a sprint finish!That was absolutely hectic,didn't think a photo finish could get any closer than yday-Cracking from Kittel! 

My word. You can barely separate those two with your favourite filter paper.

.@marcelkittel remporte l'étape 4 pour quelques millimètres / wins stage 4! #TDF2016

.@marcelkittel remporte l'étape 4 pour quelques millimètres / wins stage 4! #TDF2016

Kittel clinches it

If this stage was 10cm longer, Bryan Coquard would have won this. The Direct Energie man was coming through like a demon down the left of Kittel.

There's a bit of argy-bargy as they bang elbows together - and it's by the finest of margins that the German holds on.

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Kittel falls to the ground and holds his head in his hands. He musters the strength to raise a fist. Emotional scenes.

Kittel wins stage four

Is this closer than yesterday?

We need another photo finish.

It's Marcel Kittel who has it! 

Kittel and Coquard, neck and neck. They cross together. Shoulder to shoulder. Who's won it?

Kittel, Greipel, Sagan are the men on the charge

Kittel out of contention?

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

I can't see a single rider from Etixx Quick Step.

Have they messed this up again?

1km to go

It's still Lotto Soudal leading as we launch into a downhill stretch - Greipel will be enjoying this.

Here we go

2.4km to go

This finish was always going to be a bit of a mystery and plenty of riders are being caught out by islands and road dividers. It's put some out of kilter.

Watch the obstacles

3.7km to go

So quick. Oh crikey, they come out of a right-hander and road furniture almost causes havoc.

Everyone avoids it.

Lotto Soudal look well placed for their man Andre Greipel.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

Today's finish will more than likely see every one of the sprinters who have shown their face doing the same. The chances are Cavendish could very well get his 29th stage win. There will be an uphill drag race to the line and I feel the winner will be the one who leaves it to the last minute to jump.

triple threat

5km to go

Now Tinkoff take the central position and Lotto Soudal move into the gap on the left.

It's three-pronged with Team Sky out right.

Sky start moving

6.3km to go

Team Sky take up a position on the right of the peloton. Tinkoff, in their fluorescent yellow, have occupied the left flank.

Breakaway caught

7km to go

Alexis Gougeard, looking worse for wear, falls off the breakaway and disappears down the side of the peloton.

Two men remain in the first group.... they don't any more. They've been caught.

BBC Radio 5 Live

I recommend you click the audio button at the top of this page to listen to commentary of the run-in.

Here are our team's predictions for the winner.

Rob Hatch: Bryan Coquard

Rob Hayles: Bryan Coquard - the frustration felt by the Frenchman in coming third could very well spur him on.

OJ Borg: Cavendish to win - he rides on emotion and confidence and I think that will give him the extra 5 per cent today 

Upping the pace

9.8km to go

The peloton are putting their foot down now - expect riders to start dropping off the back.

The gap is down to 15 seconds.

Le sprint approche ! / The sprint is getting closer! #TDF2016

Le sprint approche ! / The sprint is getting closer! #TDF2016

Brailsford happy under the radar

OJ Borg has caught up with Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford.

Watch the video here, or if you're on the app, click the link.

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Movistar move

13.3km to go

Jesus Herrada has taken up the march at the front of the peloton for Movistar and their man Nairo Quintana.

Also, Alejandro Valverde, while not a pure sprinter, might fancy a go at this up-hill finish - so Movistar are keeping things ticking over.

How to fix a puncture on the go


It's all very well if you've got a team car behind you with a man ready to replace the whole wheel in seconds, but what happens if you're the average amateur cyclist out for a ride on their own?

British Cycling have come up with this easy guide to follow when a puncture strikes on the road......

Inspired to get (back) on your bike? Take a look at this handy guide to find ways to get into cycling.

What do you do when it's hot?

Water fiiiiiiiight!!!

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It's getting hot out there

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

It's the first real warm day of this year's Tour and it's only going to get warmer now.

It all adds up and if you get your hydration wrong today you can pay for it tomorrow.

They're not huge climbs tomorrow but they keep coming at you.

Less than 20km to go

18km to go

Still three men in the breakaway - Irizar, Naeser, Schillinger. 

They have a mass of bodies hunting them down and the gap is at 25 seconds.

'A busy day for Tinkoff'

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

It’s another sprint stage so a busy day for Tinkoff because they have race leader Peter Sagan in their team. It will all be about getting your timing right for the sprint finish. We’ve got a rise of 25m in the final 500m but the sprinters will all be there.

Peloton closing in fast, only 33" gap, with 22kms to go. #TDF2016

Get Involved - It's Cav appreciation day


William George: I like to mimic Cav on my rides, whenever I get to a hill I fall to the back...

Stephen Louch: Cav shows dedication and a willingness to win that few in other sports put in. Sadly lack of appreciation for "riding a bike" 

Walk the finish

Let OJ Borg and Rob Hayles take you through the sprint finish in Limoges.

If you're using the BBC Sport app, click the link or copy and paste it.

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No more Morkov?

Katusha's Michael Morkov is drifting away from the back of the peloton. He's no doubt sore following his crash on Sunday.

Heading for a big finish

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

This is going to be a a big, big sprint.

There's talk that this could be Peter Sagan's last day in yellow because of the stages coming up but we really don't know.

Who's stepping on to this stage?

BBC Sport

With 30km to go, and the peloton 40 seconds behind the breakaway, it's time to start talking about the sprint finish.

Who do we reckon will be on this stage later?