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Lotto-Soudal rider Andre Greipel of Germany (L) reacts as Team Dimension Data rider Mark Cavendish of Britain (R) wins on finish line in Stage 3.Reuters

The flat stages in Tour de France 2016 has turned out to be perfect for British cyclist Mark Cavendish, and with the fourth stage being yet another one, the 31-year-old is expected to continue his momentum. Stage 4 of Le Tour is the longest one of the 21 stages this year.

The 237.5 km stage sees the peloton travel from Saumur to Limoges in Western France. Cavendish bossed the opening stage and the third stage of the Tour de France 2016, while Peter Sagan won the hilly second stage.

Team Dimension Data's Cavendish, currently the Green Jersey holder too, bagged his 28th stage win in Tour de France following an impressive finish in Angers on Monday, leaving behind Andre Greipel. The win levelled Cavendish with France's Bernard Hinault in securing 28 stage wins in Tour de France history.

Only legendary Belgium cyclist Eddy Merckx has more, with 34 stages in Tour de France.

"Who thought when I started cycling that I would have my name mentioned in line with Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx. It's pretty amazing," Cavendish was quoted as saying by BBC Sport after winning Stage 2. "I know when I win and lose a photo finish and I thought I had it but I still had to wait," he said.

"It was so hairy in the finish but we planned it and I knew I had to come from behind. I wanted to be behind Greipel. After I didn't win the first stage last year I was anxious, a bit like Andre today," he added.

On Tuesday, an uphill sprint finish could once again be expected. From Saumur, the stage starts off flat, but as it nears the Massif Central, the climbs gradually appear. Crosswinds could prove a massive challenge for the cyclists.

Where to watch live

In India, the 21-day race will be LIVE on Ten 1 (7 p.m. IST), with the option of LIVE streaming on tensports.com

Viewers in the UK can catch it on Eurosport 1 (1 p.m. - 4.45 p.m. BST) and ITV4 (2 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. BST). Live streaming: British Eurosport, ITV4.

Viewers in the US can catch it on NBC Sports Gold from 7 a.m. EST. Live streaming: NBC Sports.

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