Tour de France: Thor Hushovd wins stage 4

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Thor Hushovd during the 2005 Tour de France.
Image: Jaqueline Lohmele.

Norwegian cyclist Thor Hushovd sprinted his way to a stage four victory in the 2007 Tour de France on Wednesday.

Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland maintained the overall lead, while Hushovd moved into second place, 29 seconds behind Cancellara.

Cancellara is not confident of keeping the yellow jersey. "When I get into the mountains, it's sure that it's finished," Cancellara said.

Danish mountain specialist, and "King of the Mountains" for 2005 and 2006, Michael Rasmussen agrees that the Alps will be a turning point in the race.

"We'll definitely get some answers on those days," Rasmussen said. "Already on the Colombiere [La Colombiere Pass], there will be guys from the general classification maybe even dropping or being in trouble."

French mountain specialist Remy Di Gregorio withdrew from the Tour after fracturing his elbow during stage 4.

Stage 4 results

Rank Rider Team Time
1 Thor Hushovd Crédit Agricole 4h 37'47"
2 Robert Hunter Barloworld s.t"
3 Óscar Freire Rabobank s.t"
4 Erik Zabel Team Milram s.t"
5 Danilo Napolitano Lampre-Fondital s.t"
6 Gert Steegmans Quick Step-Innergetic s.t"
7 Robert Förster Gerolsteiner s.t"
8 Tom Boonen Quick Step-Innergetic s.t"
9 Sébastien Chavanel Française des Jeux s.t"
10 Mark Cavendish T-Mobile Team s.t"

General classification after stage 4

Rank Rider Team Time
1 Fabian Cancellara Team CSC 19h 49'55"
2 Thor Hushovd Crédit Agricole 29"
3 Andreas Klöden Astana Team 33"
4 David Millar Saunier Duval-Prodir 41"
5 George Hincapie Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 43"
6 Bradley Wiggins Cofidis 43"
7 Sylvain Chavanel Cofidis 44"
8 Vladimir Gusev Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 45"
9 Tom Boonen Quick Step-Innergetic 46"
10 Vladimir Karpets Caisse d'Epargne 46"