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0km - One loser today was Andy Schleck, who wasn't to be seen at the finish and reportedly lost around eight seconds.
0km - It looks like they have all been given the same time and so Hushovd will keep the yellow jersey.
0km - Stage 4 top ten: 1. Evans, 2. Contador, 3. Vinokourov, 4. Uran, 5. Gilbert, 6. Hushovd, 7. Frank Schleck, 8. Sanchez, 9. Van den Broeck, 10. Kloeden.
0km - Vino took third place! What a thrilling finale... but the glory goes to Evans, who wins by a few inches despite Contador believing the win was his.
0km - Evans and Contador sprint for the win... and it looks like the Australian has it by a whisker!
0.2km - Hushovd still there too!
0.4km - Van den Broeck opens a small gap before Gilbert ups the pace, with Evans and Contador and Vino on his wheel.
0.5km - Vino is there, and one Sky man, possibly Uran.
1km - Now Evans attacks! He has Gilbert, Van den Broeck and Contador...
1.3km - Contador attacks! Gilbert holds his wheel... Evans there too, and Boonen!
1.5km - Contador is right up there, as is Sanchez. But it's Van den Broeck setting the pace ahead of team-mate Gilbert.
2km - The big 10% section is coming right up... the calm before the storm...
2.5km - The big favourites are all towards the front, including yellow jersey Hushovd.
3km - Big George Hincapie drives the peloton as the road heads up... It's all about to kick off!
3.5km - The escapees are caught. Game on for the Mur-de-Bretagne...
4km - it's game over for yesterday's winner Tyler Farrar, who drops off the back...
4.5km - It's all over - the break is almost caught! But still time for a final attack by Izagirre...
5km - Izagirre and Hoogerland aer caught by the chasing trio, but the peloton is just 30 seconds back now.
6km - The grimaces on the faces on the front of the peloton each say a thousand words.
7km - Attack by Izagirre! Only Hoogerland can follow as the road rises a little. The other three have been left in their wake. But it's too little too late, surely.
8km - Katusha and Rabobank poised as well. The carrots are almost cooked for the leaders. Just 42 seconds now.
9km - The lead is under a minute now as Fabian Cancellara comes to the front of the bunch. The excitement mounts...
10km - Feillu still fighting to get back. Europcar's Christophe Kern is suffering too - the Frenchman has a knee injury and will struggle to stay in touch over the closing 10 clicks.
11km - A few Europcar riders are there too, including Voeckler. He may eye a win today... But the leaders still have one minute to play with.
12km - The peloton crosses a river and sweeps around a tight left-hander. The gap is 1:04 now. Omega Pharma-Lotto are on the front, with Liquigas, BMC, Garmin and Leopard Trek all there.
15km - The five leaders are really working hard but it will be probably all in vain. They're all doing turns on the front, with the gap at 1:12. Back in the peloton, Romain Feillu needs a new bike and it's taking ages. Cavendish will be laughing...
17km - It wasn't a crash for Evans, but another puncture. He also seemed to ride into a ditch just as that motorbike came down.
18km - Evans is surrounded by his entire team as they try and get their man back to the front of the bunch where he belongs. The leading quintet of riders have 1:27 now, and it's still Dave Zabriskie leading the chase for Garmin.
19km - Crash for Cadel Evans! The Australian either takes a tumble or needs a wheel change because he's right off the back, just as a motorbike camera crew topples over on the side of the road.
21km - The second half of the peloton really have their work cut out: around 80 riders are strung out in single file struggling to hold on. Zabriskie and Greipel doing some real damage. The five leaders now have just 1:40.
23km - Echelons are beginning to form in the peloton again as Garmin's Zabriskie sets a fiendish pace on the front of the peloton.
25km - The five leaders pass under the 25-to-go banner with a lead of 2:03.
27km - A few names to throw in the hat for today's victory: Gilbert, Evans, Vinokourov, Contador, Sanchez (both), Uran, Van den Broeck, Gerrans, Gesink, Cunego, Gadret, Chavenel, Voeckler, Hoogerland... Any more for any more?
30km - The peloton is all back together, although it is still very nervous and strung out.
32km - The weather conditions are really playing into the hands of the breakaway riders, whose gap is still 2:23 despite the best efforts of Lotto on the front of the peloton. The good news is that it's clearing up a little at the finish... Mur-de-Bretagne weather
36km - Nothing came of that Kadri attack: the Frenchman is back with his fellow escapees. A reminder of who they are: Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel), Imanol Erviti (Movistar), Biel Kadri (AG2R), Jeremy Roy (FDJ) and Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil).
38km - Evans, Cancellara and Goss all invovled in that second peloton. In fact, Evans drops even further back to get some extra oil on his chain from the team car. Ivan Santaromita has dropped back to help pace the Australian back.
40km - The pace set by Omege Pharma-Lotto is pretty fierce and there's a good 15 seconds between the two tiers of the peloton, both of which are really stretched out. We're not getting any images from the leaders for the time being, annoyingly, but it appears all the action is taking place 2:38 back.
42km - Now Liquigas come to the front of the peloton. In fact, that's not the front of the peloton, that's the front of a group dropped by the peloton - and Ivan Basso is in trouble again...
45km - Biel Kadri attacks from the leading quintet of riders! The rain has returned too...
46km - These narrow and undulating roads are making it hard for the peloton to pull back the leaders, whose gap is fluctuating around 2:20.
50km - Rabobank's Luis Leon Sanchez needs a wheel change and drops back. He's joined by two Saur-Sojasun riders.
53km - Lotto's Marcel Sieberg setting the pace on the front of the peloton, with polka dot team-mate Gilbert tucked back in fifth behind two BMC riders. Sieberg is the tallest man in the peloton, measuring a lofty 198cm. The bigger they are, the harder they fall... At least, that's what our school rugby coach used to tell us when we came up against a side of inbred Romanians.
55km - Izagirre rejoins the four other leaders. They have a lead of 2:08 now.
56km - Rear puncture for Gorka Izagirre who needs a wheel change. It will be a struggle to get back to the leaders but he should do it. Although, he still needs some ammendments to his back wheel from the team mechanic hanging out the side of the car...
60km - Bradley Wiggins must have punctured because the British champion is surrounded by Sky team-mates off the back of the peloton. Nothing serious - they get back without any problems.
64km - The remaining 64km of today's stage is not simple at all: the road goes up and down pretty much non-stop, and some riders will be feeling exhausted even before the final climb up the Mur-de-Bretagne.
65km - The lead is hovering around the two-minute mark. /// So, who for the win today? Many of you below are going for birthday boy Philippe Gilbert, although Daragh thinks otherwise: "I have the feeling it wont go as planned for P. gilbert today I think there maybe something up Astana's sleeves. Or my heart says Nicolas Roche will divide and conquer."
71km - It's BMC and Omega Pharma-Lotto on the front of the peloton, working for Evans and Gilbert respectively. The rain has seemed to clear up - it's still cloudy but has been dry for the last 45 minutes now.
75km - The gap is down to 2:15 as the riders head through the feeding zone.
77km - Farrar looked very strong there, riding through a gap and then easily taking the points ahead of Rojas. Cav was in his wheel, before conceding and allowign Bozic to nip in ahead.
78km - The peloton comes alive for the second intermediate sprint, with Farrar taking it ahead of Rojas, Bozic and Cavendish.
80km - Jeremy Roy leads out the intermediate sprint before a hungry Johnny Hoogerland counters to take maximum points. You can see why some riders may not take to Johnny, that's for sure... it's as if he has OCD and wants to do everything, all the time. Roy settles for second and Kadri third.
83km - Three kilometres to the intermdaite sprint. There won't be much movement from the leaders, but expect a real tussle behind - especially in the light of yesterday's controversial decision to dock both Cavendish and Hushovd of their points owing to irregular sprinting. Cav took some time out this morning to tell Eurosport what he thought about the race commissaires' decision... Cavendish on stage four
85km - Izagirre dropped off the back of the leading group on the descent but is now back with his four fellow escapees.
90km - The gap is up to 2:58 with the intermediate sprint about 12km away. That pre-prandial rush will be followed up by the feeding zone in that is proving to be a congested middle section of this stage
92km - Hoogerland takes the point atop the fourth-category Cote de Laz before slowing up and waiting for the others. An interesting move by the Dutchman. Exciting, for sure, but like so much that he does, probably futile: you see, that point will put him level with Gilbert and Delage with one point in the competition, but in the event of a tie, it goes to the best placed in GC. What's more, whoever wins today's stage will pick up more points - and it's unlikely the break will keep till then.
94km - ATTACK: It's a trademark solo push from tough guy Johnny! Hoogerland pulls clear of his fellow escapees, clearly looking to pick up that solitary point at the top of the summit of the Cote de Laz.
96km - Long-sleeves and raincoats are the order of the day back in the peloton. Pansies: both Roy and Hoogerland are sleeveless. Follow Blazin' Saddles on Twitter
98km - It seems to have cleared up a little bit for the leading quintet. Johnny Hoogerland is still grimacing, mind. It will be interesting to see which one of these riders attacks on this climb...
101km - Up in front, Gorka Izagirre picks up a flat and will need a wheel change. The Spaniard is one of three Tour debutants in the leading group - the others are Kadri and Hoogerland. The gap is currently 2:15 with that fourth category climb on the horizon.
102km - Thor and Spartacus are taking it easy, chatting towards the back of the bunch. Both riders may give it a go later on.
103km - With all that rain and those green rolling hills, this looks more like the Tour of Britain than the Tour de France... Given the weather, let's take the chance to catch up with Briton Bradley Wiggins, who spoke to Eurosport at the start... Wiggins on stage four
105km - Yellow jersey Thor Husovd is on the back of the peloton taking it easy after a visit to the team car. He'll have fond memories of the Mur-de-Bretagne: when the Tour last crossed the Breton Alpe D'Huez - during the 2008 Tour - the big Norwegian went on to win the stage at Saint-Brieuc.
107km - It's Philippe Gilbert's birthday today and he'd like to celebrate it with a win. The Belgian is the third rider to lead the mountain classification on his birthday. The other riders were Giovanni Battaglin on his 28th birthday (1979) and Federico Bahamontes on his 34th, 35th and 36th birthday (1962-1964).
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111km - Back in the peloton, Cadel Evans (BMC) has been riding right on the front. The Australian is just one second off the top of the standings - could today be the day Cuddles moves into yellow? The BMC leader caught up with Eurosport this morning and said he was wary of the bad weather... Evans on stage four
112km - News of a withdrawal coming through: Jurgen Ven de Walle (Omega Pharma-Lotto) has left the race. The tall Belgian crashed heavily on stage one when warning the peloton about road furniture up ahead. Incidentally, Van de Walle was also the first rider to withdraw from the 2009 race.
115km - The four leaders let AG2R's Biel Kadri ride up the road for a call of nature. The Frenchman is riding his debut Tour at 24 years of age. The gap is 2:20 as the rain continues to lash down.
120km - Omega Pharma-Lotto lead the chase in the peloton. On the front of the leaders is Johnny Hoogerland. The Dutchman broke through the ranks with an excellent Vuelta in 2008, in which he finished 12th. But despite his attacking panache, the 28-year-old has yet to record a major UCI win. This is Johnny's maiden Tour de France, and if his performance in the Giro is anything to go by, he'll attack day in day out.
125km - Spaniard Imanol Erviti (Movistar), 27, made his Tour debut last year, finishing 77th for Caisse d'Epargne. Erviti has won two stages on the Vuelta. Compatriot Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel) is 23 and riding his first Tour. His best win came last year in the Tour of Luxembourg.
125km - Frenchman Jeremy Roy is perhaps the best known of the five leaders. The 28-year-old has spend his entire career at Mark Madiot's FDJ team but has never won a stage on the Tour. This is his fourth consecutive participation. As mentioned earlier, Roy went on the attack from the opening kilometre of Saturday's opening stage before being swept up with around 20km left to ride.
130km - Today's trivia question: Who won the stage when the Tour last crossed over the Mur-de-Bretagne? Full answers below... Meanwhile, the gap has dropped again to 2:45.
130km - Before we take a closer look at the riders in today's breakaway let's take a moment to think about today's finish. The Mûr-de-Bretagne is known as the Breton Alpe d'Huez and should see a series of explosive attacks from certain riders in the peloton. Who do you think will try and win today? And who is your tip for the stage win? Can Thor Hushovd stay in yellow or will someone like Cadel Evans move up the standings? Have your say below...
130km - The finish today in Mûr-de-Bretagne features a punchy climb before a flat run-in. The first kilometre of the climb has a gradient of 10% while the second is less demanding at 4%. There is then a 500m run-off - but by then, there could be just one rider left in it... Contrary to what has been said, the "Mûr" doesn't get its name from the French word for "wall" - the circumflex accent gives the word a different meaning, the adjective "ripe". Information on the start and finish towns
135km - Richie Porte spoke to reporters before the start of the stage and said Saxo Bank team leader Alberto Contador is upbeat despite his early setbacks in this year's race: "The rain is good news because Alberto likes these conditions. The team is riding well and Alberto isn't too affected by the incidents of the opening couple of days. He's in form and is not stressed. We don't have a plan for today, but you never know with Alberto - if he sees a chance to recoup some time, he'll go for it."
140km - Team Sky's Geraint Thomas tops the white jersey standings ahead of his team-mate Edvald Boasson Hagen and HTC's Tejay Van Garderen. White jersey standings
140km - The gap rose to over four minutes but has now dropped to 3:45. Chapeau to Jeremy Roy - the Frenchman was on the offensive for the entire duration of stage one, and now tries it again. Some guys just don't like riding in numbers...
145km - Today's polka dot jersey is Philippe Gilbert, who has now worn four different jerseys in as many days following stints in the Belgian national champion colours as well as both yellow and green. Surely that's some kind of record? The Omega Pharma-Lotto rider has just one point in the mountains classification, and although Mickael Delage (FDJ) matched his point by crossing yesterday's fourth-category peak in pole position, race rules say the jersey goes to the rider higher in the GC. Kind of the mountains standings
145km - Of the leading five riders, Movistar's Imanol Erviti is the best place in the GS, sitting in 111th place, 2:58 behind Hushovd.
150km - Farrar won a heap of green jersey points in taking the final sprint in Redon, but the American trails Jose Rojas in the green jersey standings. The Spaniard featured strongly in both the intermediate sprint and the finish, where he came third behind Farrar and Romain Feillu. Previous leader, Philippe Gilbert, slipped to third. Top three: 1. Rojas, 65pts, 2. Farrar, 58pts, 3. Gilbert, 52pts. Green jersey standings
150km - The gap continues to grow: just under four minutes at the latest check. Yesterday may have been an Independence Day win for Tyler Farrar, but it was utterly miserable for Mark Cavendish, who was boxed out in the final sprint and later retrospectively disqualified - unjustly - in the intermediate sprint. What does our blogger think about the whole situation? Blazin' Saddles: Forlorn on the Fourth of July
155km - Catch up with all the action from the Tour de France with the Eurosport video page, which includes a slow-motion replay of Samuel Dumoulin's full somersault crash on the final bend yesterday in Redon. You'll also find interviews with the likes of Farrar, Hushovd, Cavendish and Thomas... Tour de France videos
155km - The five leaders have built up a solid gap of 2:35 so it looks like this one is going to stick for a while - certainly for the next 100km or so.
160km - ATTACK: Five riders have managed to extricate themselves from the peloton. They are Gorka Insausti (Euskaltel), Imanol Erviti (Movistar), Biel Kadri (AG2R), Jeremy Roy (FDJ) and Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil).
165km - No withdrawals so far in this year's race, which is quite positive given we're on day four already. Europcar have come closest to losing riders from the race: Vincent Jerome crashed twice heavily on the first day and has been struggling ever since - the 26-year-old lost another six minutes yesterday and is currently the Lanterne Rouge, just shy of 20 minutes down on Hushovd in the GC. Christophe Kern too has a problem with his knee, which is giving him a "stabbing" sensation.
165km - Despite the wet weather, the pace is pretty high so far and there was a slight split in the peloton for a moment. Omega Pharma-Lotto's Andre Greipel has a flat and needs a wheel change.
170km - No one was hurt in those falls in the neutral zone and the peloton remains compact in the early moments of today's stage - it's no surprise, who would want to put in an attack in weather like this? Heinrich Haussler would have been game, but Garmin's Australian rouleur was not selected this year. In his absence, Garmin have got off to a flying start, with two stage wins in as many days and the yellow jersey for Thor Hushovd. General Classification
172km - They're off - and not before there's already been a little bit of drama, with a number of riders hitting the deck on the slippery roads during the neutralised zone.
12:10 - Today's stage is an undulating affair with a sharp fourth-category climb 15km before the first intermediate sprint, and then the punchy third-category ascent of the Mur-de-Bretagne before the finish. The general consensus is that stage one winner Philippe Gilbert will be on call to make it two in four days - this certainly isn't one for the pure sprinters, that's for sure. All set for the start now... Stage Four Guide: Tough time for sprinters
12:05 - After the blazing hot sun of the opening three days, the weather has suddenly taken a nosedive and the riders will have to put up with heavy rain and lower temperatures. Weather forecast for Lorient
12:00 - Yesterday, Tyler Farrar became the first American to win a stage on Independence Day after an expert lead-out by his Garmin-Cervelo team-mates Thor Hushovd and Julian Dean - and some bad luck for HTC fastman Mark Cavendish. Report: Farrar wins on Independence Day
12:00 - The 198 riders are on course now and the official start of today's stage is due to get underway at 12:10 GMT so stay tuned for all the action, live here on Eurosport.Yahoo.com.
11:55 - Welcome to live coverage of stage 4 of the Tour de France, a 172.5km trek through Brittany from Lorient to Mur-de-Bretagne.