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Cavendish finishes fifth despite being stage favourite

Fri, 06 Jul 2012

The effects of a crash in the Tour de France appear to have impacted on Mark Cavendish.

He finished fifth in yesterday's stage suffering a rare defeat in a sprint finish.

Cav's tumble on Wednesday left him covered in cuts and bruises and with an injured finger, but he still a strong favourite for yesterday's race which was particularly suited to sprinters.

It was the Manxman's sprint rival Andre Griepel from Germany who crossed the line first.


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