Three riders have broken away from the peloton on Stage 4 of the 2012 Tour de France. Yukiya Arashiro of Japan, and David Moncoutie and Anthony Delaplace of France hold a roughly six-minute lead over the peloton midway through the 214.5-kilometer ride from Abbeville, through Normandy, to Rouen.
Arashiro attacked at the drop of the flag, and was eventually joined by Moncoutie and Delaplace. All three riders are well down the standings. Arashiro is the highest ranked at 54th on the overall classification, 2:03 behind leader Fabian Cancellara. Moncoutie and Delaplace are 140th (10:32) and 148th (11:07), respectively.
Moncoutie has moved to second on the leaderboard for the climber classification. He has three points in the race for the polka-dot jersey, and is now behind only Michael Morkov. There is one more Category 4 climb in the race, as well as a sprint left to go.