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Viviani wins Tour de France stage four, Alaphilippe stays in yellow

Nancy, France: Italys Elia Viviani won the fourth stage of the Tour de France, a 213.5-kilometre flat ride from Reims on Tuesday.

The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider beat Norwegian Alexander Kristoff and Australian Caleb Ewan in a mass sprint finish.

Italy's Elia Viviani celebrates winning the fourth stage of the Tour de France.

Italy's Elia Viviani celebrates winning the fourth stage of the Tour de France.Credit:AP

France's Julian Alaphilippe retained the overall leader's yellow jersey after being cheered on all the way from Reims by massive crowds of locals and tourists.

A three-man breakaway featuring Frenchman Yoann Offredo, Swiss Michael Schaer and Belgian Frederik Backaert was kept on a tight leash by the peloton and they were all reined in 16 kilometres from the finish.

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