Tonight is Stage 4, Abbeville > Rouen, 214.5 km
Riders who regularly take part in the Tour of Picardy are familiar with the pitfalls that the region can hold in store for them. The experts of bordure formations may well take advantage of the wind that blows by the seaside during the whole first part of the stage, which will boasts very beautiful scenery. The favourite riders in the race will have to be extremely careful, as they know how hard it is to make up for lost time caused by their carelessness at the beginning of the Tour. — Christian Prudhomme’s Analysis
- Stage 4 preview: Abbeville → Rouen, 215 km (lumpy) [SteepHill]
- Abbeville >> Rouen, Stage 4 (214 km) [SBS Cycling Central]
- July 4, Stage 4: Abbeville – Rouen 214.5km [CyclingNews]
- 4th Stage – Wednesday 4 July 2012 Abbeville > Rouen – 214.5 km [EuroSport]
- 2012 Tour de France LIVE – Stage 4 [Cycling Fans]
- stage 4 – Abbeville > Rouen, 214.5 km [www.letour.fr]
- Stage 4: Abbeville > Rouen [les vaches du tour]
- SBS 2012 Tour Tracker [SBS]
- Tour de France – Abbeville – Rouen “live match” [Eurosports]
- stage 4 – Abbeville > Rouen, 214.5 km “live” [www.letour.fr]
Stage 4 results
01 GREIPEL, André GER (LOTTO BELISOL) 5:18:32
02 PETACCHI, Alessandro ITA (LAMPRE – ISD)
03 VEELERS, Tom NED (ARGOS-SHIMANO)
04 GOSS, Matthew Harley AUS (ORICA – GREENEDGE)
05 SAGAN, Peter SVK (LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE)
06 CANTWELL, Jonathan AUS (SAXO BANK – TINKOFF BANK)
07 IMPEY, Daryl RSA (ORICA – GREENEDGE)
08 BOECKMANS, Kris BEL (VACANSOLEIL-DCM)
09 BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald NOR (SKY PROCYCLING)
10 PEREZ MORENO, Ruben ESP (EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI)
GC after Stage 4
01 CANCELLARA, Fabian SUI (RADIOSHACK-NISSAN) 20:04:02
02 WIGGINS, Bradley GBR (SKY PROCYCLING) + 7
03 CHAVANEL, Sylvain FRA (OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP)
04 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay USA (BMC RACING) + 10
05 BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald NOR (SKY PROCYCLING) + 11
06 MENCHOV, Denis RUS (KATUSHA) + 13
07 EVANS, Cadel AUS (BMC RACING) + 17
08 NIBALI, Vincenzo ITA (LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE) + 18
09 HESJEDAL, Ryder CAN (GARMIN – SHARP)
10 KLÖDEN, Andreas GER (RADIOSHACK-NISSAN) + 19
* Tour de France round table – Stage 4 wrap [SBS Cycling Central]
Mark Cavendish (Sky) was one of a handful of riders who crashed heavily about 2.5km from the finish of the 214.5km fourth stage from Abbeville to Rouen.
The stage was won by German Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) from Italian Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) and Dutchman Tom Veelers (Argos-Shimano) after a brilliant lead out from his teammates that includes Australian Adam Hansen and New Zealand’s Greg Henderson.
Among the others who crashed, leaving about 15-20 riders to fight out the stage finish, were Cavendish’s Austrian lead-out rider Bernhard Eisel (Sky) who required stitches to a cut above the eye brow after and Australian Mark Renshaw (Rabobank).
– The Age
The intermediate sprint at 140km saw the break take the major points on offer with Arashiro (Europcar) rolling through the line uncontested and Delaplace (Saur Sojasun) and Moncoutie (Cofidis) following.
The bunch sprint for fourth saw Cavendish take fourth from Australian Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEDGE) while green jersey leader Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) finished a watchful sixth.
– SBS Cycling Central
Tonight’s #sbstdf #drink is the 2011 Sydre/Brut Tendre Apple cider ~ cheers!
#lvdt Stage 4: Round-up [les vaches du tour]
The tour rolled through Fécamp today, site of Benedictine Palace & home to one of the most famous herbal liquors in France – Bénédictine
The #TrollDJ list from last night;
♫ Bob Seger – Against The Wind ~ I guess the Troll was expecting echelons tonight
♫ Kubek, Smokin Joe & King. Bnois – Out of Body, Out of Mind ~ France has bogans too
♫ The Muppet Show – Mahna Mahna ~ another crowd favourite!
♫ Thirsty Merc – DNA