Posted: Jul 7, 2010 10:40 PM
REIMS, France (AP) - Alessandro Petacchi has won the fourth stage of the Tour de France in a mass sprint with Lance Armstrong and other contenders finishing in the pack.
The Italian collected his second stage win this year in the mostly flat 95.4-mile ride from Cambrai to the champagne capital Reims on Wednesday.
Overall leader Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland also crossed in the main pack and appeared set to retain the yellow jersey.
Seven-time champion Armstrong also finished safely a day after losing time because of a punctured tire. Armstrong remains in 18th place two and a half minutes behind the leader.
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