Tour de France: Stages 4 & 5

Following Stage 5, on Wednesday (6th),  this is how the General Classification stands:

1  Thor Hushovd  (Nor)  Team Garmin – Cervelo  17h 36’57”

2  Cadel Evans  (Aus)  BMC Racing Team  17h 36’58”  +00’01”

3  Frank Schleck  (Lux)  Team Leopard-Trek  17h 37’01” + 00’04”

Green Jersey: Philippe Gilbert   Omega Pharma-Lotto   120pts

Polka Dot Jersey: Cadel Evans  BMC Racing Team   2pts

White Jersey: Geraint Thomas  Team Sky  17:37:09

Team Competition:  Team Garmin – Cervelo  52h 01′ 31″

Cadel Evans wins in a close finish on Stage 4.

In Stage 4,  Cadel Evans just managed to hold off Alberto Contador to gain victory on the line,  and win his first stage of the 2011 edition in Mur de Bretagne. The BMC Racing Team rider looked strong over the first few days and dug deep up the final uphill stretch to deny the controversial reigning champion Alberto Contador and Astana’s Alexandre Vinokourov.

Stage 4 result:

1. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team)  4h 11m 39s

2. Alberto Contador (Saxo-Bank Sungard) same time

3. Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) same time

4. Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) same time

5. Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) same time

6. Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) same time

7. Frank Schleck (Leopard Trek) same time

8. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) same time

9. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) same time

10. Andreas Kloden (Radioshack) same time

Britain’s Mark Cavendish won Stage 5 on the uphill finish to seal his 16th Tour stage win. Earlier on, the HTC-Highroad pace rider was boxed in at the intermediate sprint, which visibly angered him and gave him the adrenaline to upstage the likes of Philippe Gilbert and Thor Hushovd.

Stage 5 result:

1. Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad)  3h 38 min 32 sec

2. Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) same time

3. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) same time

4. Tony Gallopin (Cofidis) same time

5. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) same time

6. Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto) same time

7. Sebastien Hinault (Agr2 La Mondiale) same time

8. William Bonnet (FDJ) same time

9. Daniel Oss (Liquigas) same time

10. Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) same time

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