Mark Cavendish helps Etixx-QuickStep team-mate to stage four win in Tour of Britain

Etixx-Quick Step's Fernando Gaviria wins Stage Four of the Tour of Britain from Edinburgh to Blyth.

Etixx-Quick Step's Fernando Gaviria wins Stage Four of the Tour of Britain from Edinburgh to Blyth. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire - Credit: PA

This weekend the Aviva Tour of Britain comes to Suffolk - but yesterday the nation’s elite cyclsits were in the north crossing the border from Scotland.

Mark Cavendish helped Etixx-QuickStep team-mate Fernando Gaviria to victory on stage four of the Tour of Britain.

The Manxman guided the Colombian in the finale of the finish of the 217-kilometres route from Edinburgh to Blyth and Gaviria did the rest.

Cavendish was seen celebrating in the background as his team-mate triumphed ahead of German Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), who won four stages of July’s Tour de France, and Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka), who was third.

Juan Lobato (Movistar) retained the overall lead, placing 15th on the stage.

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The race passes through East Anglia on Saturday – the penultimate stage starting in Fakenham, Norfolk, passing through Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket in Suffolk, before finishing in Princes Street, Ipswich.The final stage will then be completed in London on Sunday.

• See more on the Suffolk leg hereBriton Cavendish, who was 13th, is out of contract with Belgian squad Etixx-QuickStep at the end of this year and his friend Sir Bradley Wiggins this week said the Manxman was moving teams.

MTN-Qhubeka has been strongly linked with Cavendish, but the Manxman would have to find a title sponsor to support the African squad if it were to sign him.

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Welshman Owain Doull finished in the sprint group to keep within 14 seconds of the overall lead.

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