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Nacer Bouhanni sprints to victory in the Eneco Tour

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Nacer Bouhanni sprints to victory in stage four of the Eneco Tour whilst Zdenek Stybar was taken to hospital after crashing on the finishing straight.

Bouhanni outsprinted his rivals to cross the line in first place, with Luka Mezgec finishing in second and Giacomo Nizzolo in third.

The Frenchman can add this stage win to the three he got during the Giro d'Italia as he looks to become one of the best sprinters in world cycling.

Big crash

Stage four like the other stages of this race saw another big crash, this time involving Stybar.

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Stybar was fifth overall going into the stage but it looks as if he will not be able to continue in the race after crashing just before the finish line.

The Czech rider fell off his bike due to a pile up caused by Andrea Guardini and Janse Van Rensburg touching wheels just before the bunch sprint.

Organisers blamed

The roadside barriers have also been blamed due to the barrier's legs that stick out into the road.

The 28-year-old's bike was sent flying and Stybar left the stage in an ambulance and a neck brace.

Boom time

Lars Boom still leads the race but he is only four seconds ahead of Tom Dumoulin and Manuel Quinziato.

It is not known whether Stybar will start stage five but I highly doubt it after the magnitude of the crash which is a shame because he was only nine seconds behind Boom in the general classification standings.

Results
Eneco Tour 2014, stage four: Koksijde to Ardooie, 183.3km

1. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ in 4-13-59
2. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Giant-Shimano
3. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
4. Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
5. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
6. Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana
7. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
8. Yohann Gene (Fra) Europcar
9. Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
10. Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo all st

Overall classification after stage four

1. Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin in 12-45-53
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Shimano at 4 secs
3. Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing at 4 secs
4. Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana at 7 secs
5. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 9 secs
6. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky at 14 secs
7. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin at 18 secs
8. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 18 secs
9. Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale at 19 secs
10. Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge at 21 secs

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