Greipel Wins Crash-Marred Fourth Stage

Cavendish, Farrar battered

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish     Photo: Kei-ai/Flickr

In an eventful day at the Tour de France, Andre Greipel won the sprint into Rouen after a late-race crash took out a number of race favorites, including Mark Cavendish and American sprinter Tyler Farrar. Immediately following the stage, Twitter was abuzz with concerns that Cavendish would be forced to abandon the Tour and miss out on the London Olympics. However, Cavendish recovered to start Thursday’s stage. His girlfriend, Peta Todd, blamed Team Sky's focus on winning the Tour with Bradley Wiggins for the crash. "Cavendish is down, and that is what happens when you take a man that is so harshly marked to the Tour without protection,'' Peta Todd wrote. "If you haven't got the intention of making sure you have the team to look after the World Champ. Don't just wing it. He is just a man.'' Fabian Cancellara held on to the yellow jersey after narrowly avoiding the crash. After the stage, news broke that 30-year-old Belgian rider Rob Goris, reporting on the Tour for Flemish Television, had died of a heart attack in his hotel room.

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