Tour de France Stage 4 LIVE

2009 Tour de France, Stage 3:  Mark Cavendish (Team Columbia-HTC) wins a second consecutive stage after his team took advantage of strong winds to blow apart the peloton on a dramatic day that left top contenders for overall victory, including Alberto Contador and Cadel Evans, in a chase group that would lose 41 seconds.  Lance Armstrong, ever vigilant, was near the front when the split took place and moved up to third place overall, just ahead of teammate Contador.
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2009 Tour de France:  Stage winner Cavendish in green and Cancellara still in yellow had plenty to celebrate.
photo Copyright © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti/

Flashback: 2003 Tour de France 69km Team Time Trial:  July 9, 2003.  Cycling's Team Time Trial is one of the most spectacular events in all of sports.  Speed, strength, endurance, coordination.  In the above photo, Lance Armstrong (right) has pulled off the front as USPS reaches the final intermediate time check point at Eclaron (kilometer 59).  At 18km, USPS had only the 7th best time.  At 44.5km, they'd moved up to second best time.  With teammate Victor Hugo Pena highest in the G.C., Armstrong yells at him, "Do you want to be in yellow tonight or not?"  Here, they record the best time and go on to win the Centenary Tour de France TTT, the first time a Lance Armstrong team has won this event.
photo Copyright © 2003 Pete Geyer/

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2009 Tour de France videos

Preview : Map Stage 5 (0:29) Eurosport
Stage 4 Highlights (03:01) Telegraph
Stage 4 Recap (01:49) ESPN
Bonnie Ford reports on Armstrong in TTT (02:16) ESPN
Lance discusses the TTT (01:16) Fox Sports
STage 4 TTT Highlights, Part 1 of 2 (01:44) Eurosport
Stage 4 TTT Highlights, Part 2 of 2 (02:15) Eurosport
Lance discusses the TTT results (0:41) Eurosport
Stage 4 Reaction With Lance (02:26) Livestrong
Ben on Lance's TT Bike Before Stage 4 (01:48) Livestrong
Stage 4: The last minute (01:00) Eurosport
Bouygues riders ditched (01:52) Eurosport
Silence-Lotto unlucky too (02:53) Sporza
Armstrong on split; Stiller on Lance (02:29) Eurosport
Levi and Lance talk up winning (01:18) SBS
Team Time Trail returns (01:36) SBS
Lance Armstrong's legacy (02:51) SBS
Stage 3 Reaction with Lance (03:36) Livestrong
Stage 3 Highlights (03:21) Telegraph
Interview with stage 3 winner (01:51) SBS
Japanese are excited to have 2 riders in tour (02:30) Eurosport
Post stage interview with yellow jersey holder (01:23) Eurosport
Post Stage 3 interview with George Hincapie (02:09) Eurosport
Stage 3 Winner talks about his team's efforts (0:49) Eurosport
Safety first for Astana (02:00) Eurosport
Mark Cavendish green ambition (04:20) SBS
Pauriol on 'risky' stage 3 (01:29) Eurosport
Stage 2 Highlights (03:12) Telegraph
Stage 2 hails 'special' win (05:27) Eurosport
Pereiro on comeback (02:19) Eurosport
Lance and Levi on the bus pre stage 2 (02:06) Livestrong
Stage 2 Recap with Bob Roll & Craig Hummer (02:43) Yahoo!
Armstrong struggling after Giro (02:39) Eurosport
Stage 2 winner praises team-mates (0:49) Eurosport
Interview with Stage 2 winner (0:53) letour
Haussler blasts Napolitano (01:41) Eurosport
Recaps, Stage 2 (01:15) ESPN
Stage Two highlights, Part 1 of 2 (01:51) Eurosport
Stage Two highlights, Part 2 of 2 (01:08) Eurosport
Stage Two - Final minute (1:00) Eurosport
Tour de France - Stage two preview (0:59) Eurosport
Tour de France Day One (01:11) ESPN
Lance gives some thoughts post Stage 1 (02:33) Livestrong
Armstrong return 'felt good' (02:12) Eurosport
Levi Leipheimer after Stage 1 (02:15) Eurosport
Stage 1 Highlights (02:00) Eurosport
Stars on unconventional Tour opener (02:27) Eurosport
Fans await start of Stage 1 (0:50) MSN
Lance talks with Eddy Merckx before
Stage 1
Columbia 'plan to win' (01:37) Eurosport


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Flashback:  2004 Tour de France Team Time Trial
USPS, led by Lance Armstrong, departed in a torrential
downpour but placed Armstrong into yellow.
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April, 2009: Place de la Comedie, Montpellier
Site for the start of today's Team Time Trial.
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- Tour de France Stage 4 Team Time Trial at Montpellier starts when the first team (Caisse d'Epargne) departs at 14:30 CET (8:30am U.S. Eastern).  Tour de France live coverage on Versus is scheduled to begin at 8:30am U.S. Eastern.  Live coverage on Eurosport should also get underway by that time (14:30 CET).

Tour de France Stage 4 Team Time Trial Profile

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