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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 July 2007, 12:07 GMT 13:07 UK
Tour de France - stage four photos

Spectators in Villers-Cotterets place a mannequin in a yellow jersey in a top-floor window

Spectators place a mannequin sporting a yellow jersey in a window before the start of stage four in Villers-Cotterets

Fabian Cancellara prepares to start the 193 km stage alongside Jens Voigt and Aliaksandr Kuchynski

Yellow jersey holder Fabian Cancellara prepares to start the 193 km stage alongside Jens Voigt and Aliaksandr Kuchynski

Stephane Auge wears the polka dot

Stephane Auge will hope to retain the polka dot King of the Mountains jersey after the stage's four category four climbs

The peloton winds its way through wheat fields near Chezy-en-Orxois

Overcast skies greet the peloton as it winds its way through wheat fields near the town of Chezy-en-Orxois

The riders climb a small hill

A group makes a break as the Tour heads through Champagne country with the sun beginning to emerge

Gorka Verdugo, Juan Antonio Flecha, Christian Knees, Sylvain Chavanel and Matthieu Sprick ride past vineyards during their breakaway

Gorka Verdugo, Juan Antonio Flecha, Christian Knees, Sylvain Chavanel and Matthieu Sprick lead a breakaway after 52km

France's Matthieu Sprick

Sprick remains in the leading group although the peloton starts to whittle down the gap from minutes to seconds

Riders pass sunflower fields

Fields of sunflowers provide a riot of colour as the Tour heads towards the climax of stage four

The peloton crosses a bridge

The peloton swallows up the leaders with less than 10km left as the sprinters start to emerge from the field

Norway's Thor Hushovd leads the sprinters home from Robbie Hunter and Oscar Freire

The riders enter Joigny with Norway's Thor Hushovd leading the sprinters home from Robbie Hunter and Oscar Freire

Thor Hushovd celebrates after winning stage four

29-year-old Hushovd is thrilled to claim his fifth career stage win in the Tour in four hours 37 minutes and 47 seconds

Belgium's Tom Boonen puts on the green jersey

Belgium's Tom Boonen finishes a disappointing eighth but still keeps hold of the green jersey as the race's best sprinter

Cancellara retains the leader's yellow jersey

Switzerland's Cancellara retains the leader's yellow jersey after finishing the stage safely in the main pack



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