Wednesday, July 5

TdF: Stage 4

There was little drama during the fourth stage of the Tour de France as Robbie McEwen extended his lead for the sprinter's green jersey and Tom Boonen kept the yellow jersey one more day. In addition, Americans George Hincapie and Floyd Landis kept pace with the front of the peloton, maintaining their frontrunner status through these flat and fast early stages-and Hincapie's Discovery Channel team has established a dominating presence with riders in the third, fifth, and seventh positions. As for the other Americans: Dave Zabriskie is in 17th place overall; Bobby Julich is in 22nd place; and Levi Leipheimer is in 27th place

It is not likely that we'll see any more drama (aside from the occasional accident perhaps) until the mountain stages next week. Thus, the overall standings are now:

1. Tom Boonen (Belgium)
2. Michael Rogers (Australia)
3. George Hincapie (USA)
4. Thor Hushovd (Norway)
5. Egoi Martinez (Spain)
6. Robbie Mc Ewen (Australia)
7. Paolo Savoldelli (Italy)
8. Daniele Bennati (Italy)
9. Floyd Landis (USA)
10. Vladimir Karpets (Russia)