Remy Di Gregorio attacked outside of 10km remaining and somehow hung on for the stage win in a slippery, technical up and down approach to Nice. Di Gregorio came so close to crashing in the final stretch as he hit a slippery patch of crosswalk and slid left then right but somehow managing to save the bike from going down. At nearly the same time, his teammate Robert Kiserlovski was not so fortunate as he took an awful tumble and slid under a truck parked on the side of the road.
All the favorites looked to be trying to take time back in the overall standings as Movistar especially, were controlling the peloton and shutting down every attack. Within the last km the main group erupted when Xavier Tondo launched his attempt, but to no avail as everyone was well marked. Samuel Sanchez emerged from the group to take second ahead of Rigoberto Uran in third. Sanchez moved up two places in the overall with the seconds he took back.
Stage 7 Top Three.
1. Remy Di Gregorio (Astana)______5h 46′ 23″
2. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel)_____+0:05
3. Rigoberto Uran (Sky)___________s.t.
Overall Classification Top Ten
1. Tony Martin (HTC)___________30h 46′:16″
2. Andreas Kloden (Radioshack)__+0:36″
3. Bradley Wiggins (Sky)________+0:41″
4. Rein Taaramee (Cofidis)______+1’10”
5. J.C. Peraud (AG2R)__________+1’22”
6. Samuel Sanchez (Euskatel)___+1’29”
7. Janez Brajkovic (Radioshack)__+1’34”
8. Levi Leipheimer (Radioshack)__+1’36”
9. Xavier Tondo (Movistar)______+1’53”
10. Bauke Mollema (Rabobank)___+2’04”
Michele Scarponi won the 4th stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico into Chieti as he did last year ahead of teammate Damiano Cunego and BMC’s Cadel Evans. Robert Gesink took the overall with his 6th place finish on the day.
Stage 4 Top Three
1. Michele Scarponi (Lampre)______6:10:59
2. Damiano Cunego (Lampre)______s.t.
3. Cadel Evans (BMC)____________s.t.
Overall classification top three
1. Robert Gesink (Rabobank)___16:35:10
2. Cadel Evans (BMC)________+0:10″
3. Michele Scarponi (Lampre)__+0:25″