- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

LILLE, France (AP) - A brief look at the fourth stage of the 101st Tour de France on Tuesday:

Stage: The first stage in France after three days in Britain, it took riders on a 163.5-kilometer (102 miles) flat trek from Le Touquet on the English Channel coast to Lille. Defending champion Chris Froome crashed and injured his left wrist, but managed to finish the stage.

Winner: Marcel Kittel, who outsprinted Alexander Kristof and Arnaud Demare into Lille to claim his third stage win in four days, his seventh overall at the Tour.

Yellow Jersey: Vincenzo Nibali. The former Vuelta and Giro d’Italia winner retained his two-second lead over main rivals Alberto Contador and Chris Froome in the general classification

Quote of the day: “It’s going to be a nightmare, especially if it rains, it’s going to be like riding on ice.” - Team Sky rider Gerraint Thomas, speaking of Wednesday’s Stage 5.

Stat of the day: 147. The distance in kilometers of Thomas Voeckler’s doomed breakaway, before he was caught 16 kilometers from the finish.

Wednesday’s stage: The stage the entire peloton has feared since it was first announced in October. A 155.5-kilometer (97-mile) course from Ypres, Belgium, to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut in France. Riders face nine bone-rattling sectors of cobbles like those used in April’s Paris-Roubaix one-day classic. A day for specialists like Fabian Cancellara or possibly Peter Sagan.

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