Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) remains true to his namesake “Ale Jet” by winning the fourth stage of the Tour de France. He bested Julian Dean (Garmin), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky), Robbie McEwen (Katusha) and Robert Hunter (Garmin) for the first place.
The 36-year old sprinter was propelled to the front with the help of his teammate Francesco Gavazzi and the rest of the Lampre team. They fought off HTC/Columbia and Garmin-Transitions riders during the final kilometer.
Petacchi was also pleased to bring truth to words he said on his first victory during stage 1 since Mark Cavendish (HTC/Columbia) came up only at 12th place despite a perfect lead set up by his team.
The green jersey was kept by Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) as Petacchi was ten points away from Hushovd’s point count.
Astana’s bet Alberto Contador came 32nd, George Hincapie for BMC Racing Team came in at 34th while seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong finished at 36th place.