Mark Cavendish Sprints to Stage 5 Victory in Tour de France 2011
Team HTC-HighRoad's British sprint ace Mark Cavendish won a windy and crash-marred stage 5 of the 2011 Tour de France in a mass sprint earlier today, while Thor Hushovd of Team Garmin-Cervélo and Norway kept the leader's yellow jersey.
team said in a statement. A scan showed he was otherwise all right.
Teammate Levi Leipheimer of the United States was also involved in a crash but returned to the race. Nicki Sørensen, got bumped into by a race photographer motorcycle, and skidded along a roadside - briefly crashing a roadside picnic - before returning after being handed a replacement bike by a support vehicle. His own bike had continued down the road locked to the motorbike.
"I was riding safely in the side of the road as a motor bike knocked me off the bike. He was actually going so close that my bike was drawn after his motor bike for 200 meters and I landed heavily on the ground. Luckily, I'm ok and am able to ride again tomorrow," Team Saxo Bank-SunGard's Nicki Sørensen said after the stage.
A big crash earlier tangled up France's Sylvain Chavanel and Britain's Bradley Wiggins.
"It was mad. The worst stage so far and I'm relieved it's over now. It was a really, really horrible stage. I didn't really crash that hard. I sort of crashed behind the crash and just bent my handlebars and brakes and things like that," Wiggins told Roadcycling.com.
Another entangled Belgian sprint specialist Tom Boonen and his teammate Geert Steegmans. Boonen finished 13 minutes and 8 seconds after today's stage winner Cavendish and was brought all the way from the crash site to the finish by Quickstep teammate Addy Engels in loyal manner.
Christophe Kern, the French time-trial champion, dropped out of the race after a crash already having suffered from a knee injury before the crash.
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