6 Jul 2011

Evans wins latest stage

6:36 am on 6 July 2011

The Australian cyclist Cadel Evans held off a late charge from defending champion Alberto Contador to claim victory on the fourth stage of the Tour de France.

The finish was so close that Contador raised his fist to celebrate what he believed was a stage win, but slow-motion video and a photo still showed that Evans, a two-time Tour runner-up, had won.

Evans is now second overall, with Norway's Thor Hushovd able to finish sixth on the stage and hold onto the yellow jersey with a lead of just one second.

Evans attacked over the last 500 metres and managed to squeeze out Contador, with Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov finishing third.