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Fri Apr 18 10:03:52 SAST 2014

Greipel wins Tour de France fourth stage

Reuters | 04 July, 2012 17:590 Comments
Lotto-Belisol Team rider Andre Greipel of Germany holds up his arm as he wins the fourth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Abbeville and Rouen, July 4, 2012
Image by: Jean-Paul Pelissier / REUTERS

German Andre Greipel won the fourth stage of the Tour de France, a 214,5-km ride from Abbeville on Wednesday.

World champion Cavendish fell off his bike amid a massive pile-up with less than three km left and crossed the line long after Greipel had outsprinted Italian Alessandro Petacchi.

It was Lotto-Belisol rider Greipel’s second Tour de France stage win after he prevailed in the 10th stage last year.

Tom Veelers of the Netherlands took third place while Swiss Fabian Cancellara, who narrowly avoided the pile-up, retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey at the end of the 214,5-km ride from Abbeville.

Slovakian Peter Sagan, who won the first and third stages, took fifth place and retained the green jersey for the points classification.

A breakaway group of three was reined in with less than nine km to go as the peloton geared up for the expected mass sprint.

Thursday’s fifth stage is from Rouen to St Quentin over 196,5 km.

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