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Thor Hushovd of Norway, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides in the pack during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race Wednesday over 164.5 kilometers (102.2 miles) starting in Carhaix and finishing in Cap Frehel, Brittany, western France. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Crashes mar 5th Tour de France stage


By Jamey Keaten

Associated Press

CAP FREHEL, France -- Crashes, crashes everywhere: Alberto Contador and some other top Tour de France riders tumbled to the asphalt Wednesday in a nervous ride on Brittany's narrow, wind-swept roads.

Most recovered, and a rider who skirted trouble to excel was British speedster Mark Cavendish, who again showed that he's one of the world's top sprinters by leading a frenzied mass dash to the finish to win Stage 5.

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