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Summary

  1. Cavendish wins fourth stage of this year's Tour, 30th in his career
  2. Yellow jersey holder Froome safely finishes in the peloton
  3. Stage 14 - 208km from Montelimar to Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux
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By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Give it up for Cav

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Undoubtedly, we are witnessing a legend of our time in Mark Cavendish.

He was written off before this Tour as a man who had lost his knack to finish off the big ones.

Well, here's four fingers to the doubters.

Join us tomorrow for stage 15 when we start heading towards the Alps by way of the Jura Massif.

Yes, the Tour de France of Eddy Merckx's day is a very different beast to today's.

Only 18 of Merckx's 34 stage victories were mass finish stages - all of Cavendish's have been mass stage finishes.

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Chris Brown: Cav. Clearly not a better all round rider than that Belgian bloke, but an incredible amount of non TT stage wins. One of a kind 

Tetchy Kittel

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Marcel Kittel ended up being fifth, with John Degenkolb fourth.

You can see how unhappy the German was in the photo above. He waved his arm angrily after Cavendish's move on him.

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OD: How does @marcelkittel feel as @MarkCavendish's new lead out man?

Yellow jersey

Chris Froome crossed the line in 60th place, but with the same time as stage winner Mark Cavendish.

Froome's yellow jersey rivals Adam Yates, Bauke Mollema and Nairo Quintana also finished in the peloton, so the Team Sky rider maintains his 1min 47secs lead in the general classification.

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Cav's getting closer, Eddy.

'He kicked off a bit'

Stage 14 winner Mark Cavendish: "We knew we had to be there when it narrowed. It was about jumping the train at the end.

"I followed Kittel and made sure I stayed there. I saw Quick Step hit out early and knew Kittel would be left out in the front.

"He kicked off a bit but I was way past him - I think he was just frustrated."

Mark Cavendish has officially won the stage - it's been deemed there was no funny business.

Apparently officials are looking at the incident.

It looks like Cavendish is sitting down to dothe stage winner's interview, which would suggest the result will stand.

Looking back at the finish, Cavendish launches himself from behind Kittel and up the left of the German.

Cavendish has a little flick to his right as he goes past Kittel, which is what upsets the Etixx Quick Step man.

Will Cavendish stay until Paris?

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

Its a big ask. It really is, bearing in mind his other obligation with the Olympics. With the week coming up I don't know. If he gives up tonight, it's still a decent Tour.

Only Eddy Merckx has more career Tour stage wins than Mark Cavendish.

But the Manx Missile is just four behind the legendary Belgian - who'd bet against him?

Mark Cavendish is a man reborn this year.

Four stage wins on the 2016 Tour de France and 30 in his career.

Incredible.

Kittel shakes his head. He thinks Cavendish cut him up in that run-in to the line.

It doesn't look too naughty though - the result should stand.

It was Kristoff who actually came across in second, with Sagan in third. But Kittel is not happy.

And he's done it. Mark Cavendish pips it!

Cavendish goes past Kittel!

Cavendish is behind Kittel, who is looking good.

Greipel's Lotto Soudal move to the front.

One km to go - Kittel, Cavendish and McLay are in the mix.

1.6km to go

Etixx Quick Step now leading the peloton. Into the last 2km.

2.1km to go

So - who's your money on?

Greipel? Kittel? Cavendish? Sagan? Kristoff? A N Other?

We'll be finding out soon.

Get your elbows into the pointy position boys

2.7km to go

Into a headwind, Katusha are controlling the pace, with their man Alexander Kristoff in mind.

3.2km to go

Elmiger and Roy's jaunt in the lead is over as they are absorbed into the peloton. The pair share nice handshake.

The increase in pace has seen a few groups fall off the back of the peloton - nobody of note in there.

4.3km to go

The green jersey of Peter Sagan has nipped to the front now, not sure he wants to be there.

4.7km to go

It's Luke Rowe for Team Sky pulling along the peloton, with Chris Froome's yellow jersey behind a few Lotto Soudal riders.

The gap is down to 14secs.

5.6km to go

Tinkoff, Team Sky, Lotto Soudal and Dimension Data all take up a place at the front of the peloton - they're still 26 seconds behind the pair in the break.

6.3km to go

The crowds start to grow on the side of the road. It's got a more family friendly feel to it than the mayhem up Mont Ventoux.

7.3km to go

Cesare Benedetti is the next man to be eaten by the peloton. They've still got two fellas up the road to catch, though.

8.2km to go

They're being a bit pesky these two - I reckon they think they can hold off the peloton.

They are likely to be disappointed.

8.8km to go

Martin Elmiger decides to pump the legs and Jeremy Roy keeps up, but Cesare Benedetti doesn't have the puff.

That leaves two men in the break, 30 seconds ahead of the peloton.

10.5km to go

Cesare Benedetti, Martin Elmiger and Jeremy Roy still have a 35-second lead on the peloton.

The turns are becoming more frequent now - so easy does it.

11.1km to go

Lotto Soudal will be making room for their sprint man Andre Greipel, while Dimension Data have a stage win for Mark Cavendish on their minds.

11.8km to go

Alex Howes has been gobbled up by the peloton, which is fronted by Dimension Data on the left flank and Lotto Soudal on the right.

'It's not an active recovery day'

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

It's not been an easy day today.

With the amount of fatigue that has set in, it's a hot day as well.

It's by no means what you'd call an active recovery day for the riders.

13.9km to go

Alex Howes is struggling to keep up with his breakaway buddies and they've dropped him off the back.

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16.1km to go

That gap has grown a bit again - up to 36 seconds. The timing of sucking in this breakaway needs to be perfect.

16.6km to go

Rob Hatch, who you can listen to by clicking the audio button at the top of the page, has told us to look out for Samuel Dumoulin in the sprint.

He's from down the road in Venissiuex so knows the area and is a bit of a pocket rocket.