Skip to comments.Tour de France - Stage 4 Update (Spoiler Alert)
Posted on 07/07/2010 12:41:35 PM PDT by Todd Kinsey
Ale-Jet Rockets to Second Stage Win Posted on July 7, 2010 by Todd Kinsey
Ale-Jet Rockets to Second Stage Win - photo by: Laurent Rebours The only surprise in todays stage 4 was that Alessandro Petacchi took a decisive stage win out sprinting the likes of Mark Cavendish and Thor Hushovd. At 36 years of age, Ale-Jet appears to have found the fountain of youth.
With about 200 meters to go, Cavendish was being lead out by Mark Renshaw. As Renshaw pulled off to let Cavendish take it to the line, Alessandro Petacchi had launched his attack down the left side. Once Cavendish was gapped by two bike lengths and saw that he could not close the gap he sat up finishing in a disappointing 12th place.
Thor Hushovd still leads the points competition with Petacchi in second followed by another elder statesmen Robbie McEwen. Obviously HTC is feeling the effects of last years defections by George Hincapie and Edvald Boasson Hagen. Couple that with Cavendishs feud with teammate Andre Greipel who did not make the Tour roster and things are clearly not okay at Columbia HTC.
The General Classification remains unchanged with Cancellara in yellow as all the favorites hid in the peloton and nursed their wounds from the previous two days of battle. Team Radio Shack was taking no more chances with Lances hopes as they sat on the front most of the day.
Tomorrows stage 5 appears to be another tailor-made day for the sprinters, lets hope that the riders continue to avoid the carnage that plagued stages 2 & 3.
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Whats the buzz? Does Lance have a chance?
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I don’t know how the heck I did that...
We’ll know if Lance has got it come Sunday, when they get into the serious Alps, but if he does, it probably won’t get settled until the 17th when they do the Col de Tourmalet, the last and biggest of the mountain stages. Andy Schleck is looking pretty good this year. I just want it to be anyone but Contador.
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