Evans pips Contador to win Tour fourth stage

MUR DE BRETAGNE, France, (Reuters) – Australia’s  Cadel Evans just denied Spain’s Alberto Contador to win stage  four of the Tour de France, a 172.5-km trek from Lorient yesterday. Three-times winner Contador was just pipped by Evans after  launching an attack on the first serious climb of this year’s  race, the 2-km final ascent of Mur de Bretagne.

Kazakh Alexandre Vinokourov was third in the same time while  Norway’s Thor Hushovd retained his leader’s yellow jersey with a  one-second lead over the day’s winner.

Evans had finished second in the first stage behind  Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert while his BMC team was also runner-up  in the following day’s team time trial.

Contador, who lost lost time after being held up by a  massive crash in the first stage, proved his well being.

His attack took some of his rivals off guard, like 2009 and  2010 runner-up Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, who finished seven  seconds off the pace, and Briton Bradley Wiggins, who lost five  seconds.

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