Cadel Evans wins Tour de France 2011 stage 4 on the Mûr de Bretagne

Cadel Evans wins Tour de France 2011 stage 4 on the Mûr de Bretagne

Stage 4 of the 2011 Tour was a 72.5 km going from Lorient to Mûr de Bretagne. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) was the defending champion (later, his results from July 2010 to February 2012 were voided, due to a urine sample he had given on 21 July, a rest day in the 2010 Tour de France, had contained traces of clenbuterol). In the early stages, he had a fierce battle with the other GC contenders, especially with the former world champion (2009) Cadel Evans of BMC.

With 1.3 km to go, on Mûr de Bretagne climb (categorized 3rd) El Pistolero attacked. Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) followed and brought him back. Then it was Gilbert’s turn to attack, with no avail too. In the last hundred meters, Evans opened up his sprint with Contador on his wheel. In the last few maters, Contador made a move to go past Evans. For one second, Contador thought he’d win – he threw his fist into the air. But Evans was the winner.

Cadel Evans would go win the Tour, becoming the first Australian to win the Tour de France.

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