Germany's Andre Greipel won Stage 4 of the Tour de France on a breathtaking final sprint.
The leaderboard didn't change, though. Fabian Cancellara continued his strong showing thus far with a trouble-free performance that gives him a slight seven-second lead over Bradley Wiggins and Sylvain Chavanel, according to the Tour de France website.
World champion Mark Cavendish took an unfortunate tumble with less than two miles left, but he's going to be alright. He posted this message on his Twitter account afterwards:
Ouch..... Crash at 2.5km to finish today. Taken some scuffs to my left side, but I've bounced pretty well again. Congrats to @AndreGreipel.— Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) July 4, 2012
He'll be back in the saddle again tomorrow, and you can be sure the champion will continue fighting his way back up the leaderboard.
Here is a video for your viewing pleasure that highlights the furious sprint to the finish line of Stage 4:
Here's the leaderboard after Stage 4:
|2.||Bradley Wiggins||101||Sky Procycling||20:04.09||+.07|
|3.||Sylvain Chavanel||192||Omega Pharm-Quick Step||20:04.09||+.07|
|4.||Tejay Van Garderen||9||BMC Racing Team||20:04.12||+.10|
|5.||Edvald Boasson Hagen||102||Sky Procycling||20:04.13||+.11|
|6.||Denis Menchov||131||Katusha Team||20:04.15||+.13|
|7.||Cadel Evans||1||BMC Racing Team||20:04.19||+.17|
As you can see, there isn't much wiggle room at the top of the leaderboard.
There is still a ton of racing left for these guys, and there's a good chance that many of the current leaders will be replaced by the time it's all said and done.
Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all your Tour de France news and analysis, and have a happy Fourth of July.
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