Stage four of the 2012 Tour de France continued the high drama present at the prologue and on the previous three stages.
Andre Greipel gained the victory Mark Cavendish had denied him on the previous stage, while Cavendish was left to rue his misfortune at a crash that took him out of contention.
An exhilarating prologue and four frenetic finishes have made the opening week of the 2012 Tour one of the best for years. We can only hope for more of the same.
Here are five images from official UCI WorldTour photographer, Stefano Sirotti, that capture the best moments of stage four.
Orica-GreenEDGE may be debutantes at the Tour de France, but the team bus speaks volumes about the scale of their ambition
Rouen welcomed the Tour de France for the twentieth time
Andre Greipel’s satisfaction is clear to see as he soaks in the magnitude of his achivement
For once, Peter Sagan didn’t win the stage. He consoled himself by retaining the green jersey
The sight of Fabian Cancellara pulling on the yellow jersey after a fifth day as race leader is one that will please many cycling fans