French Cyclists Dominate
France’s Cyril Saugrain won the fourth stage of the Tour de France while countryman Stephane Heulot jumped into the overall lead.
Both riders were part of a five-man break that finished more than 4 minutes ahead of the main pack of riders in the flat 143.8-mile stage from Soissons.
Saugrain and Heulot are each racing in their first Tour de France.
Five-time defending tour champion Miguel Indurain lost nearly 3 minutes in the stage and dropped to 11th overall, 4:17 behind. American Lance Armstrong finished with Indurain and is 54th overall at 5:03.
Heulot started the stage 43 seconds back and took the overall lead from countryman Frederic Moncassin in the stage marred by a crash in the final sprint with the main pack of riders.