Tour of Switzerland: Cavendish wins stage four as Wiggins falls

Britain's Mark Cavendish in action at the Tour of Switzerland
Mark Cavendish wins stage four of the Tour of Switzerland

Mark Cavendish timed his sprint to perfection to win the fourth stage of the Tour of Switzerland.

The 29-year-old completed the 160.4km leg from Heiden to Ossingen in three hours 35 minutes three seconds.

Fellow Briton Sir Bradley Wiggins crashed in the closing stages and finished almost 12 minutes behind.

Cavendish's Omega Pharma - Quick-Step team-mate Tony Martin retained his six-second overall lead from Tom Dumoulin, with Wiggins almost 14 minutes adrift.

Team Sky sports director Dan Frost said of Wiggins: "He sustained grazing and bruising to the muscles on his right leg, which will be treated overnight and the team doctor will be reviewing his injury in the morning.

"Bradley has been carrying a mild chest infection from the weekend so he has been taking antibiotics and his condition has improved. Racing with this illness has affected him a bit, but he's shown his commitment and has worked really well for the team."

Stage Four result:

1. Mark Cavendish (Britain / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 3:35:03

2. Juan Jose Lobato (Spain / Movistar) Same time

3. Peter Sagan (Slovakia / Cannondale)

4. Sacha Modolo (Italy / Lampre)

5. Alexander Kristoff (Norway / Katusha)

6. Danny van Poppel (Netherlands / Trek)

7. Jonas Van Genechten (Belgium / Lotto)

8. Davide Appollonio (Italy / AG2R)

9. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spain / Movistar)

10. Matthew Goss (Australia / Orica)

General Classification:

1. Tony Martin (Germany / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 14:19:41

2. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands / Giant) +6

3. Peter Sagan (Slovakia / Cannondale) +10

4. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands / Belkin) +17

5. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Netherlands / Garmin) +23

6. Davide Formolo (Italy / Cannondale) +27

7. Jon Izagirre (Spain / Movistar)

8. Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic / Tinkoff - Saxo) +28

9. Mathias Frank (Switzerland / IAM Cycling) +29

10. Mattia Cattaneo (Italy / Lampre)