Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2011 Tour de France, Stage 4

Cadel Evans won the fourth stage in a photo finish ahead of Alberto Contador who thought he had won. The stage, 172.5 km from Lorient to Mur de Bretagne, delivered on its promise of an exciting finale due to its 2.2 km, 6.9%, finish. It didn't disappoint as Gilbert, hoping for a win on his 29th birthday, Contador and Evan attacked and counterattacked. He's back: Alexandre Vinokourov finished 3rd.

Thor Hushovd's, who only had a one second lead going into the stage, made an incredible effort to stay with the leaders and retained the yellow jersey.

Damiano Cunego crashed in the neutral zone after the start and bruised the left part of his body. The pain decreased during the stage but he didn't feel as competitive as the other top riders and finished 14th, -8 seconds to Evans.

Top 10 GC:
1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo 13:58:25
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:01
3 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:00:04
4 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:08
5 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack 0:00:10
6 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling
7 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:12
8 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
9 Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek
10 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek

41 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:01:42

Photo: Sirotti

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