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Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador was one of numerous riders to hit the asphalt on Wednesday as high winds led to a flurry of crashes during the fifth stage.
Britain’s Mark Cavendish showed off his sprinting skills by winning the 102-mile leg from Carhaix to Cap Frehel to capture his 16th career Tour stage victory.
With a bundled pack behind the sprinters, there was little movement at the top of the leaderboard as Norwegian Thor Hushovd maintained a one-second lead over Australian Cadel Evans.
Contador, who finished a narrow second behind Evans in Tuesday’s mountainous fourth stage, fell in one of 10 crashes during the fifth stage sprint. Heading into Thursday’s stage six — the longest of the Tour at 226.5 km — Contador is in 41st place overall, 1 minute, 42 seconds behind Hushovd.
RadioShack rider Janez Brajkovic also crashed Wednesday, and then pulled out of the race entirely.
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