Frenchman Christophe Moreau (Ag2r Prvoyance) won Stage 4 of the Dauphin Libr on Thursday with a commanding ascent of Mont-Ventoux, while Astana’s Andrey Kashechkin took the overall lead from teammate Alexandre Vinokourov . “I wanted the stage win much more than to regain time overall,” Moreau told reporters. “Winning on a climb as tough as the Ventoux is something every climber wants to do.” This was Moreau’s second victory in the 2007 Dauphin. He surged ahead on the Ventoux, finishing 1:08 ahead of Pole Sylvester Szmyd (Lampre). Spaniard Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi) finished third, 1:21 behind Moreau. Kashechkin finished 13th, 2:04 slower than Moreau. The passing of the leader’s yellow jersey was planned from the start of the stage. “I didn’t get attacked at any point so I don’t really know if I can win overall,” Kashechkin said. “All I know is that it will be difficult. I’m not sure if I’m at 100 percent, and neither is Vinokourov. He told me at the foot of the climb he wasn’t on a good day, so I had to defend our team’s interests alone.” Moreau is second overall, 14 seconds back, with Denis Menchov (Rabobank) in third, another 11 seconds behind. In the 2006 stage to Ventoux, Moreau finished 40 centimetres behind stage winner Menchov, making today’s victory mean that much more. Sylvain Calzati, Moreau’s Ag2R teammate, broke away at the start of the 197 km stage with a handful of other hopeful spoilers, but was caught by Szmyd and Moreau close to the summit. “I’d have liked to have won with (Calzati), but with Szmyd following me so closely, there was no time for tactics,” Moreau added. Friday’s 195-kilometer (121.2-mile) stage goes from Nyons to Digne-les-Bains. Results 1 Christophe Moreau (Fra, Ag2r Prvoyance) 5:51:52 (33.592 km/h) 2 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol, Lampre-Fondital) 00:01:08 3 Igor Ant¢n (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:01:21 4 Cadel Evans (Aus, Predictor-Lotto) 00:01:51 5 Denis Menchov (Rus, Rabobank) 6 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:01:56 7 Manuel Beltr n (Spa, Liquigas) 8 Levi Leipheimer (USA, Discovery Channel) 9 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 10 Alberto Contador (Spa, Discovery Channel) 00:02:00 11 David Zabriskie (USA, Team CSC) 12 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz, Crdit Agricole) 00:02:04 13 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz, Astana) 14 Chris Anker Srensen (Den, Team CSC) 00:02:10 15 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus, Crdit Agricole) 00:02:18 16 Luis Le¢n S nchez (Spa, Caisse d’Epargne) 00:02:29 17 Xabier Zandio (Spa, Caisse d’Epargne) 18 Mikel Astarloza (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:02:46 19 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra, Cofidis) 00:02:49 20 Volodimir Gustov (Ukr, Team CSC) 00:03:01 General classification after stage four 1 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz, Astana) 16:17:21 2 Christophe Moreau (Fra, Ag2r Prvoyance) 00:00:14 3 Denis Menchov (Rus, Rabobank) 00:00:25 4 Cadel Evans (Aus, Predictor-Lotto) 00:00:26 5 David Zabriskie (USA, Team CSC) 6 Levi Leipheimer (USA, Discovery Channel) 00:00:53 7 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra, Cofidis) 00:01:50 8 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:03:15 9 Alberto Contador (Spa, Discovery Channel) 10 Manuel Beltr n (Spa, Liquigas) 00:03:34 11 Tadej Valjavec (Slo, Lampre-Fondital) 00:03:50 12 Luis Le¢n S nchez (Spa, Caisse d’Epargne) 00:03:52 13 Thomas Voeckler (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:04:02 14 Volodimir Gustov (Ukr, Team CSC) 00:04:03 15 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol, Lampre-Fondital) 00:04:13 16 Mikel Astarloza (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:04:19 17 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz, Crdit Agricole) 00:04:22 18 Bernhard Kohl (Aut, Gerolsteiner) 00:04:41 19 Stef Clement (Ned, Bouygues Telecom) 00:05:02 20 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz, Astana) 00:05:14 Got a comment? Discuss this in the Procycling forum. What else is new? Check out the Procycling blog.
Christophe Moreau has added a second stage win to his tally in the Dauphiné, but Astana’s Andrey Kas