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Stage 4 — Why Now?
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Stage 4

Tour de FranceCambrai – Reims

Distance: 153.5 kilometers.

Team managers and senior riders obviously decided that today would be a time to take it easy after surviving the cobblestones because there were no changes in much of anything including jerseys, although from the looks of pictures from yesterday, a number of people are wearing new helmets, and no few bandages.

1 Fabian Cancellara (Sui-SAX-013) [Yellow]
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr-SKY-039) [White]
3 Cadel Evans (Aus-BMC-121)
4 Ryder Hesjedal (Can-GRM-054)
5 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra-QST-131)
6 Andy Schleck (Lux-SAX-011)
7 Thor Hushovd (Nor-CTT-095) [Green – 80 points]
8 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz-AST-009)
9 Alberto Contador (Esp-AST-001)
10 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel-SIL-101)
11 Nicolas Roche (Irl-ALM-081)
12 Johan Van Summeren (Bel-GRM-058)
13 Denis Menchov (Rus-RAB-191)
14 Bradley Wiggins (GBr-SKY-031)
15 David Millar (GBr-GRM-057)
16 Roman Kreuziger (Cze-LIQ-044)
17 Luis-Leon Sanchez (Esp-GCE-161)
18 Lance Armstrong (USA-RSH-021)
19 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe-SKY-037)
20 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Esp-GCE-169)

83 Jérôme Pineau (Fra-QST-135) [Polka Dot – 13 points]
156 Dimitri Champion (Fra-ALM-083) [Red numbers]
Saxo Bank has the yellow numbers

So far the Tour has traveled 799.9 kilometers [497.0 miles] at an average speed of 43.3 kph [26.9 mph]. Only 35 minutes, 32 seconds separate the first rider to the last, and Rojas is only 2 minutes, 35 seconds behind Cancellara.