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Stage: The fourth stage brought riders back to France in a
mostly flat 128.6-mile route from Huy, Belgium, to the northern
French town of Saint-Quentin.
Winner: Australia's Robbie McEwen, of the Davitamon-Lotto team, in 4 hours, 59 minutes, 50 seconds. Isaac Galvez, a Spaniard with Illes Balears, was second, and fellow Spaniard Oscar Freire of Rabobank placed third.
Yellow Jersey: Tom Boonen, a Belgian with Quick Step-Innergetic, retained the overall leader's jersey.
Quote of the Day: "The skin grows back." -- Credit Agricole rider Julian Dean of New Zealand, who badly scraped his right arm and right leg after crashing near the finish line.
Next Stage: Thursday's fifth stage is another mostly flat run of 139.8 miles. It features four hills from Beauvais, north of Paris, to Caen in Normandy.
-- The Associated Press