A brief look at Wednesday’s fourth stage of the 99th Tour de France:
Stage: A 133-mile flat ride along the English Channel from Abbeville to Rouen.
Winner: Andre Greipel of Germany, who made the most of teammate Greg Henderson’s perfect lead-out to win a bunch sprint ahead of Alessandro Petacchi of Italy and Tom Veelers of the Netherlands. Ace sprinter Mark Cavendish of Britain was involved in a crash less than 2 miles from the finish but his team said he only suffered “superficial” injuries.
Yellow Jersey: Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland. The Swiss rider leads Bradley Wiggins of Britain by 7 seconds overall. Defending champ Cadel Evans of Australia is seventh, 17 seconds off the pace.
Stat of the Day: 2 — the number of Tour stages won by Greipel. The German sprinter had already claimed one last year during his Tour debut.
Quote of the Day: “If we all accept that we are humans and not inherently perfect, you have to accept that everyone deserves a second chance, and that everyone deserves to prove themselves in front of the fans and people. That’s a fundamental value for me.” — Garmin team manager Jonathan Vaughters about David Millar’s inclusion on the British Olympic cycling team.
Today’s fifth stage: A 122-mile flat trek from Rouen to Saint-Quentin. Sprinters are expected to battle for the stage win.