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Tour Notebook Stage 4: Amadio defends Nibali; Peiper bullish on Farrar

Race Notes

Stage winner: André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) won his second career Tour stage and his first of this year’s edition.

Yellow jersey: Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) defended his race lead; tomorrow he will surpass the record of 26 days in yellow, the longest ever by a rider who has never won the Tour.

Green jersey. Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) now leads in the points competition ahead of Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge), 147 points to 92.

Polka dot jersey: Michael Mørkøv (Saxo-Tinkoff banks) enjoyed his first day in the King of the Mountains jersey without riding in a breakaway.

White jersey: Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) finished in main pack to defend young rider’s jersey.

Best team: Team Sky leads the boards.

The peloton
Martin Tjallingii (Rabobank) was the day’s lone non-starter, out with a broken hip, sustained in Tuesday’s stage; 195 riders remain in the Tour.

Race jury
Riders caught behind the crash were given the same time as the finishers

Medical report
Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Movistar), digestive troubles
Thomas Danielson (Garmin-Sharp), cuts, scrapes, traumatism suffered in crash Tuesday
Crash with less than 3km to go: Bernhard Eisel (Sky), stitches to front of head; Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale), blow to left hip; Mark Cavendish (Sky), cuts and scrapes; Robert Hunter (Garmin-Sharp), abrasions to his left side

Continued mild. Forecasters are calling for continued mild temperatures, with highs in low 70s F under mostly sunny skies, light to moderate SW winds 10-20 kph, with a slight chance of scattered afternoon showers.

Thursday’s stage 5: Another sprinter’s chance
The 99th Tour continues Thursday with the 196.5km fifth stage from Rouen to Saint-Quentin. The rolling course features no rated climbs, but it’s gradually up and down all day. Another chance for the sprinters.

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