Suisse 4: Robbie McEwen wins again

Same podium line-up, different day

Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen (Silence-Lotto) won the 171km stage 4 of the Tour of Switzerland Tuesday, beating Oscar Freire and Gerard Ciolek once again for a mirror finish of Monday's podium.

Igor Anton (Euskaltel) retained the leader's jersey.

The 35-year-old McEwen crossed the line ahead of Freire and Ciolek in exactly the same order as in Monday's third stage. It was the third success of the season for the double winner of the Tour de France's green jersey, after also taking the third stage of the Tour of Romandie, also on Swiss soil.

"It was a day for the sprinters," said McEwen. "All the team did a great job, Leif Hoste carried me to one kilometre from the line then Jurgen Roelandts opened the door for me. "I felt two guys catching up (Freire and Ciolek) but I held them off. It was a textbook sprint!"

McEwen added that he had yet to decide if he would stop before the mountain stages. "I'm going to continue for the moment, maybe I'll try to go all the way, I don't know..."

Race leader Anton has a six-second advantage on Luxembourg's Kim Kirchen.

"The past two days were difficult with dangerous roads and bad weather conditions," said Anton. "It's the first time I've worn a yellow jersey and it's a very nice feeling, you get more respect from others. I'm hoping to hold on to it for one more day.

"Tomorrow it's going to be complicated and it's an important stage for the overall standings," he added. "There will be a big climb and slopes, I'm hoping not to lose too much time and arrive in the leading group."

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© BikeRadar & AFP 2008

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