2010 Tour de FranceDownload App

2010 Tour De France Stage Four: Sprinter's Battle

REIMS, FRANCE - JULY 07:  Alessandro Petacchi of Italy and Lampre-Farnese celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win stage four of the 2010 Tour de France from Cambrai to Reims on July 7, 2010 in Reims, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Tracy YoungContributor IJune 18, 2016

After the chaos and destruction of yesterday’s stage, over dusty and slippery cobbles, today’s ride, 153.5 kilometers from Cambrai to Reims, was a much-needed cruise ending in a bunch sprint.

Alessandro Petacchi of Lampre-Farnese edged the rest of the sprinters at the finish line, despite HTC Columbia leading the train up to the final paces.

But HTC Columbia’s Mark Cavendish took the lead too early, with Thor Hushovd in close pursuit. This allowed Petacchi, Edvald Boassan Hagen of Sky, and Julian Dean of Garmin Transitions to vye for the stage win.

Even Garmin's Tyler Farrar, with a possible hairline fracture in his wrist and other multiple scrapes, managed to finish near the front of the pack, in 23rd. This morning, he was still unsure as to whether he could continue in the Tour, but he performed admirably.

A group of five broke away early on, and retained a very short lead for most of the stage’s duration, getting caught by the peloton with just three kilometers to go.

Multiple crashes yesterday also resulted in Frank Schleck suffering a collarbone broken in three places, requiring surgery earlier today. This leaves his brother, Andy, an overall race favorite, without one of his main wingmen.

Today’s results effected no change in the overall standings, with Fabian Cancellara (Saxo) in the yellow jersey, followed by Sky’s Thomas Geraint, and BMC’s Cadell Evans.

Lance Armstrong (Radio Shack), also somewhat battered by yesterday’s stage, holds in 18th, with his main rival Alberto Contador (Katusha) in 9th.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices