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Andre Greipe wins stage 4 of Tour de France

07-06-2012 10:32 BJT

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The 2012 Tour de France, the 99th edition of the storied race, hit stage four on Wednesday. The day’s ride saw the riders tackle an imposing 214.5-kilometre ride from Abbeville to Rouen, the fourth longest stage of this year’s Tour and this stage would not go smoothly.

The first breakaway began soon after the start with Yukiya Arashiro spearheading a rapid surge, with the Japanese rider quickly joined by David Moncoutie and Anthony Delaplace.

With 8 kilometres to go, the peloton tried to reduce the deficit. As the stage continued, the gap continued to shrink, with teams from RadioShack, Orica, Lotto and FDJ all at the front of the chasing pack.

With just three kilometres of the demanding stage remaining there was some jostling for position and - 2.6km from the line - there was a crash that took out the winner of stage two, Mark Cavendish.

After avoiding the mayhem,the Lotto-Belisol finished off what they started early in the stage - with four riders from the Belgian team leading the peloton heading into the final kilometre.

And it would be German Lotto team member Andre Greipel who timed his sprint to perfection, passing Greg Henderson in the final seconds before sprinting to the line to take the stage win, allowing him to add to his previous victory on the Tour, which came at Carmaux in 2011.

Alessandro Petacchi finished second, with Dutch rider Tom Veelers third.

After Stage Four, here is how the leaderboard looks. Spain’s Fabian Cancellara remains in the lead, but Britain’s Bradley Wiggins and France’s Sylvain Chavanel are just seven seconds back.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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