Road: conclusion up the Mur de Bretagne on the fourth stage of the Tour de France, invited to a duel between the two large advance the Favorites, Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) and Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard).
They both got side by side towards the finish line and Evans managed to toss out the bike any better than the Spaniard and won with the smallest possible margin.
Contador raised one arm, with a tendency to segerjubel, but hesitated in the same second he raised his arm and Evans said he did not see who won.
Though the most impressive effort stood still, Thor Hushovd (Team Garmin-Cervelo). He went with the very best in the tough ascent in order not to lose the lead in the tour. Hushovd ran so strong that he became the sixth man. After him was among others Andy Schleck (Team Leopard-Trek) that lost the lead and rolled in case first in the other group, distanced by eight seconds.
“This is one of the strongest I ever made in terms of performance,” said the Norwegian to VG.no. I surprised myself. When the best jerk and I follow after, I get surprised, Thor.
Tour de France-stage 4
1 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC RAcing Team 4:11:39
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo Bank-Sungard
3, Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana
4 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Sky Procycling
5 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
6 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo
7 Fränk Shcleck (Lux) Team Leopard-Trek
8, Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
9 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
10 Andreas Klöden (Tys) Team RadioShack
A total of
1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo 13:58:25
2. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team + 0:01
3 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Leopard-Trek + 0:04
4 David Millar (Stbr) Team Garmin-Cervelo + 0:08
5 Andreas Klöden (Tys) Team RadioShack + 0:10
6 Bradley Wiggins (Stbr) Sky Procycling
7 Geraint Thomas (Stbr) Sky Procycling + 0:12
8 Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
9 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Leopard-Trek
10 Jakob Fuglsang (Dan) Saxo Bank-Sungard