Cavendish First Across The Line After A Long Trek

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CHATEAUROUX, France -- Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish to capture the fifth stage of the Tour de France.

The British rider beat Spain's Oscar Freire and veteran sprinter Erik Zabel of Germany to the line at the end of a flat, 144-mile flat stage. It's the longest leg of the three-week race.

Germany's Stefan Schumacher held on to the overall lead and will be wearing the yellow jersey for a second straight day in tomorrow's sixth stage. He's 12 seconds ahead of countryman David Millar and Luxembourg's Kim Kirchen.

One of the overall Tour contenders hit debris in the road about
50 miles into the stage and went over his handlebars. Spanish rider
Alejandro Valverde injured his right arm, right knee and calf, but got back on his bike and continued riding.

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