Sky sprinter Danny Van Poppel managed to stay upright despite sliding across the road and hitting a barrier at the end of Tour de Suisse stage four

Team Sky sprinter Danny Van Poppel put in his bid for one of the most remarkable crash saves in the history of professional cycling at the end of stage four of the Tour de Suisse on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old Dutchman looked to be ideally positioned to contest the sprint finish in Champagne as he rounded the tight final bend in fourth wheel, just behind race leader Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).

Van Poppel appeared to touch wheels with Sagan as the corner was navigated, performing an impressive rolling endo before his bike slid wide to the left-hand-side of the road.

Unclipping his foot, Van Poppel then slid around speedway-style, hitting the barrier but remarkably remaining upright enough to clip back in.

Needless to say, Van Poppel’s chance of vying for the stage win were over, and in the end it was Etixx-QuickStep’s Maximiliano Richeze who took the victory just ahead of team-mate Fernando Gaviria.

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Winner of the previous two stages, Sagan came home for third to retain his overall race lead.

Prior to the stage, several people had commented on the tight turns included in the final kilometre of the race which had the potential to cause a pinch-point as the peloton passed through at high speed.

The 2016 Tour de Suisse continues with stage five on Wednesday.