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Stage winner Cadel Evans of Australia, right, and three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain, left with raised arm, as they cross the finish line of the fourth stage of the Tour de France July 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) Stage winner Cadel Evans of Australia, right, and three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain, left with raised arm, as they cross the finish line of the fourth stage of the Tour de France July 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

MUR-DE-BRETAGNE, France (AP) — Cadel Evans has won the fourth stage of the Tour de France by a nose after a sprint, with Thor Hushovd retaining the yellow jersey after a rain-doused ride through western Brittany.

Tuesday's 107-mile route from Lorient to Mur-de-Bretagne was mostly flat, but ended with a short, sharp climb favoring those with legs that could muster bursts of speed uphill.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

MUR-DE-BRETAGNE, France (AP) — Thor Hushovd of Norway has the yellow jersey as riders set out on a rainy day on the fourth stage of the Tour de France.

During Tuesday's stage through Brittany, Jurgen Van de Walle of Belgium became the first rider to pull out of the race — reducing the pack to 197 racers. His Omega Pharma-Lotto team says he has lingering groin pain from a crash Saturday.

Hushovd took the race lead after his Garmin-Cervelo won Sunday's team time trial. The world champion held it Monday when teammate Tyler Farrar of the U.S. won the third stage.

Defending champion Alberto Contador of Spain is in 69th place. The three-time Tour champ trails his main rival Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, last year's runner-up, by 1 minute, 38 seconds.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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