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Tour de France: Cadel Evans Wins 4th Stage, Nears Yellow Jersey

Cadel Evans finally won a Tour de France stage on his own on Tuesday, when the Australian rider defeated two-time defending champion Alberto Contador in a tight finish in the fourth stage from Lorient to Mur-de-Bretagne.

Evans needed a replay to get his first actual stage victory, after Contador initially celebrated thinking he had won the race. However, a subsequent video replay showed that the 34-year-old Evans won by a nose. Evans received a stage win in 2007 when Stage 13 winner Alexandre Vinokourov was disqualified following a doping scandal. The win moved Evans, of BMC Racing Team, a breath away from the yellow jersey currently held by Thor Hushovd of Team Garmin-Cervelo. Hushovd finished in the main pack to remain atop the overall classification. However, he is only one second ahead of Evans, who finished runner up in 2007 and 2008.

In third place overall is Frank Schleck, followed by David Millar and Andreas Kloden. Contador is currently sitting in 41st place, 1 minute and 42 seconds behind Hushovd. The Tour will continue on Wednesday with the 164.5-kilometer Stag 5 from Carhaix to Cap Frehel.