Levi into the lead atop Mont Ventoux

Levi didn't win stage 4 of the Dauphiné Libéré, but he's taken the lead in the overall after leading a three-man group with Menchov and Moreau to the top and not challenging the attack by Menchov at the end. Levi's been busy in California riding local races like the Sea Otter Classic and Copperopolis, but now on French soil he seems to be in plenty good shape for the Tour de France. Both his time trialing and climbing look strong.

As for the other American contenders, Zabriskie finished 50th at 8'10" back and Landis finished 56th at 9'30". Hincapie fared slightly better in 20th at 3'27" back, but it was his teammate Azevedo who know seems to be in the best position for Discovery after finishing 4th on the day and moving into 4th place overall.

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