American Nate Brown spent the fourth of July rockin’ the Tour’s King of the Mountain polka dots. And at the end of stage four, Brown got to keep the jersey he had earned the day prior.
The sprint stage proved a relaxed day of racing until a crash-marred, drama-filled finale that saw both Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendash exit the Tour — the former due to a controversial race expulsion; the latter due to injury.
Before the sprint there was a lone leader and a single KOM point. Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Wonty Grope Gobert) spent a solitary day ahead of the peloton. He put his name on the King of the Mountain classification board with the point he picked up over the category four climb.
Brown reveled in the spotted jersey on his shoulders during the 207-kilometer day.
“Being in the polka dots today was a super special,” said Brown. “I wore the jersey with pride. Not only wearing it today, but keeping it for another day, it’s just crazy. Let’s keep this dream going. I don’t want it to end.”
In additional to roadside support, Brown feels the love sent his way from the States.
“The support I’ve gotten from back home has been unreal,” Brown said. “The local Memphis News station went to my parents house and interviewed them. My mom was freaking out. I think she did a great job!”