Tour de France 2013 Stage 4 Results: Winner, Leaderboard and Highlights

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Tour de France 2013 Stage 4 Results: Winner, Leaderboard and Highlights
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Things are just heating up in cycling's greatest race, and Tuesday's team-oriented event in Nice presented the first opportunity for teams to set themselves apart in the event standings. 

We've seen bus chaos, dogs trying to join the riders and some truly thrilling finishes so far at the 2013 Tour de France, which moved into Stage 4 on Tuesday with the team time trial in Nice. 

NBC Sports Network, which is covering the event, noted as much as things got underway:

Orica GreenEDGE won Stage 4 with a time of 25 minutes 56 seconds, taking home the Stage 4 time trial and giving Simon Gerrans, the individual winner of Monday's Stage 3, the yellow jersey to wear during Stage 5 on Wednesday. 

The Tour de France's official Twitter account had the post as Radioshack Leopard crossed the finish line and officially gave Orica GreenEDGE the Stage 4 team win:

A flooding of support for the Australian team and their new yellow jersey rider came after the news was official, including this post from Orica team captain and teammate Stuart O'Grady:

Eurosport also posted a picture of Gerrans, clearly soaking up the moment, as he became the general classification leader on Tuesday afternoon in France:

The team win caps what's been an impressive display of marketing for the Orica GreenEDGE brand, and we're only four days into the 21-stage race so far. 

Orica made national headlines during Stage 1 when their team bus got stuck under the finish awning on Saturday, and Bonnie D. Ford of ESPN made sure to take full advantage of the opportunity to create a play on words after Tuesday's victory:

Peter Sagan kept his green jersey (overall points) after the events of the trial on Tuesday, while Pierre Rolland and Michal Kwiatkowski took home the polka-dot and white jersey, respectively. 

At 25 kilometers, Stage 4 is the shortest day for the riders at the 2013 Tour de France. 

Look at Stage 4 map, from letour.com and Google Maps

It's an opportunity for teams to step out and distance themselves from the rest of the field and an equal opportunity for teammates of the early-stage leaders to help their representatives stay on top of the general classification standings. 

Jan Bakelants had the yellow jersey after three days of action, but his Radioshack Leopard team struggled to keep the pace and finished 11th in the team time trial. As a result, he would lose his yellow jersey to Gerrans at the end of the day. 

Stage 4 highlights

Other teams with impressive times include Omega Pharma-Quick Step, who were the reigning champions and led the field for most of the day until the Orica team finished, and Sky Procycling, who finished a tick under 26 minutes to stay on the podium at the end of Stage 4. 

Omega Pharma-Quick Step team, image via Tour de France's Instagram account

The 2013 Tour de France will now move to Cagnes-sur-Mer for Stage 5 on Wednesday, where the riders will complete what is the longest one-day distance in the event this year. 

At 228.5 kilometers, the trek from Cagnes-sur-Mer to Marseille is 10 kilometers longer than any other trip in the race. Only Stage 12's trip from Fougeres to Tours comes close to matching the grueling pace that will be set on Tuesday. 

As Gerrans looks to keep his yellow jersey for the next few stages, rest assured that there will be movement in each of the classification standings by the end of Wednesday's racing. 

 

Stage 4 Results (via LeTour.com)

Rank Team Time (Gap)
1 ORICA GREENEDGE 25' 56"
2 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 25' 57" (00' 01")
3 SKY PROCYCLING 25' 59" (00' 03")
4 TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF 26' 05" (00' 09")
5 LOTTO-BELISOL 26' 13" (00' 17")
6 GARMIN - SHARP 26' 13" (00' 17")
7 MOVISTAR TEAM 26' 15" (00' 19")
8 LAMPRE-MERIDA 26' 21" (00' 25")
9 BMC RACING TEAM 26' 22" (00' 26")
10 KATUSHA TEAM 26' 24" (00' 28")
11 RADIOSHACK LEOPARD 26' 25" (00' 29")
12 VACANSOLEIL-DMC 26' 29" (00' 33")
13 CANNONDALE 26' 30" (00' 34")
14 BELKIN PRO CYCLING 26' 33" (00' 37")
15 FDJ.FR 26' 38" (00' 42")
16 ASTANA PRO TEAM 26' 52" (00' 56")
17 AG2R LA MONDIALE 27' 00" (01' 04")
18 SOJASUN 27' 06" (01' 10")
19 TEAM EUROPCAR 27' 09" (01' 13")
20 CONFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDIT 27' 16" (01' 20")
21 EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 27' 20" (01' 24")
22 TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO 27' 43" (01' 47")

 

Overall Standings (General Classification, via LeTour.com)

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Michal Kwiatkowski, the white jersey winner


Rank Rider Rider No. Time (Gap)
1 GERRANS Simon 181 12h 47' 24"
2 IMPEY Daryl 185 12h 47' 24" (00' 00")
3 ALBASINI, Michael 182 12h 47' 24" (00' 00")
4 KWIATKOWSKI, Michal 153 12h 47' 25" (00' 01")
5 CHAVANEL, Sylvain 152 12h 47' 25" (00' 01")
6 BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald 2 12h 47' 27" (00' 03")
7 FROOME, Christopher 1 12h 47' 27" (00' 03")
8 PORTE, Richie 6 12h 47' 27" (00' 03")
9 ROCHE, Nicolas 97 12h 47' 33" (00' 09")
10 KREUZIGER, Roman 94 12h 47' 33" (00' 09")
11 ROGERS, Michael 98 12h 47' 33" (00' 09")
12 CONTADOR, Alberto 91 12h 47' 33" (00' 09")

For a complete look at the general classification standings heading into Stage 5, check out LeTour.com


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