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July 4 update: Stage 5 continues where we left off at the finish of Stage 4 with a tribute to France's and Rouen's favorite son, Jacques Anquetil. We'll then head northeast through the rolling, green countryside of the Picardy province of northern France on our way to Saint-Quentin. There are no categorized climbs along the way.
Six years ago (photo above), Robbie McEwen easily won (report) the flat, straight, Stage 4 Tour de France sprint finish in Saint-Quentin but this year's finish in Saint-Quentin will be slightly uphill (2.8%) for the final km. The slight uphill finish may level the playing field, so to speak, for Peter Sagan as the 22 year-old versatile phenom will take on pure sprinters André Greipel and Mark Cavendish for what should be the third sprint finish of this year's Tour. — Steve