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2011 Tour De France, Stage Four Results: Cadel Evans Wins Photo-Finish, Levi Leipheimer Drops Eight Seconds

The fourth stage of the 2011 Tour De France featured a photo finish as Cadel Evans edged out defending champion Albert Contador by a nose. Ten cyclists were packed together approaching the finish line but Evans just barely snuck by for the victory. Overall leader Thor Hushovd was in that ten-man pack and retained his overall lead. Hushovd's teammate David Millar finished eight seconds back of that pack dropping him out of his virtual tie with Hushovd. Evans remains a second back of Hushovd but now occupies second place.

Santa Rosa resident Levi Leipheimer also finished eight seconds back with a pack of 28 total cyclists. The finish dropped him from ten seconds back of Hushovd to eighteen seconds. While Leipheimer didn't want to lose time, dropping eight seconds is definitely not the end of the world, particularly when Contador did not gain on the race leader and co-favorite Andy Schleck also lost eight seconds on the lead.

Santa Rosa-based BMC racing got the stage win with Cadel Evans at the helm but otherwise struggled in the stage. Ivan Santaromita finished 25 seconds back, Steve Morabito finished 1:55 back, and George Hincapie finished 2:06 back, with the rest of the team at least four minutes back. Of course, as long as Evans can stay up at the top of the pack, the rest of the team will simply be there to support his battle for the yellow jersey.

Here are the top ten finishers:

Ord Rider Rider # Team Time Gaps
1. EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM 4h 11' 39"  
2. CONTADOR Alberto 1 SAXO BANK SUNGARD 4h 11' 39" + 00' 00"
3. VINOKOUROV Alexandre 61 PRO TEAM ASTANA 4h 11' 39" + 00' 00"
4. URAN Rigoberto 118 SKY PROCYCLING 4h 11' 39" + 00' 00"
5. GILBERT Philippe 32 OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 4h 11' 39" + 00' 00"
6. HUSHOVD Thor 51 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 4h 11' 39" + 00' 00"
7. SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 4h 11' 39" + 00' 00"
8. SANCHEZ Samuel 21 EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 4h 11' 39" + 00' 00"
9. VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen 31 OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 4h 11' 39" + 00' 00"
10. KLÖDEN Andréas 74 TEAM RADIOSHACK 4h 11' 39" + 00' 00"


Here are the top 16 cyclists in the overall standings:

Ord Rider Rider # Team Time Gaps
1. HUSHOVD Thor 51 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 13h 58' 25"  
2. EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM 13h 58' 26" + 00' 01"
3. SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 13h 58' 29" + 00' 04"
4. MILLAR David 56 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 13h 58' 33" + 00' 08"
5. KLÖDEN Andréas 74 TEAM RADIOSHACK 13h 58' 35" + 00' 10"
6. WIGGINS Bradley 111 SKY PROCYCLING 13h 58' 35" + 00' 10"
7. THOMAS Geraint 117 SKY PROCYCLING 13h 58' 37" + 00' 12"
8. HAGEN Edvald Boasson 114 SKY PROCYCLING 13h 58' 37" + 00' 12"
9. SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 13h 58' 37" + 00' 12"
10. FUGLSANG Jakob 13 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 13h 58' 37" + 00' 12"
11. MARTIN Tony 175 HTC - HIGHROAD 13h 58' 38" + 00' 13"
12. VELITS Peter 179 HTC - HIGHROAD 13h 58' 38" + 00' 13"
13. VAN GARDEREN Tejay 178 HTC - HIGHROAD 13h 58' 38" + 00' 13"
14. HORNER Christopher 72 TEAM RADIOSHACK 13h 58' 43" + 00' 18"
15. LEIPHEIMER Levi 75 TEAM RADIOSHACK 13h 58' 43" + 00' 18"
16. BRAJKOVIC Janez 71 TEAM RADIOSHACK 13h 58' 43" + 00' 18"

We'll be here for the entire race providing news updates and stage previews and recaps, particularly as they relate to Bay Area cyclist Levi Leipheimer. For more in-depth discussion on the 2011 Tour De France, head over to Podium Cafe. For more general Tour coverage, head over to the SB Nation story stream.