July 4, 1996 in Sports

French Cyclists Dominate

Compiled From Wire Services
 

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.


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