Posted July 02, 2013 on
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British sprinter Mark Cavendish won the fifth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish on Wednesday and Australian veteran Simon Gerrans kept the yellow jersey.
Sprinters jostled for position on the final straight, but Cavendish held off a challenge from Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen.
The 142-mile route featured some small climbs but was otherwise flat, starting from the beach resort of Cagnes-sur-Mer and finishing in the southern sea port of Marseille.
The pack was rolling along at a slow pace until a crash toward the end brought down 15-to-20 riders and another spill unseated about a dozen near the line.
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A brief look at Wednesday's 5th stage of the 100th Tour de France:
Stage: The fifth stage took riders on a 142-mile trek over a mostly flat course along the Mediterranean rim from Cagnes-sur-Mer to Marseille. A breakaway attempt by six riders was overtaken in the last few miles.
Winner: Mark Cavendish. The ''Manx Missile'' got back into his sprinting groove...
German rider Andre Greipel won Thursday's sixth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish and Daryl Impey became the first South African to wear the race leader's yellow jersey after taking it from teammate Simon Gerrans.
In baking hot temperatures, Greipel surged ahead some 500 meters from the line and held off a strong challenge from Peter Sagan and Marcel Kittel...