4 Jul 2013

Cavendish wins crash-marred fifth stage of Le Tour

6:09 am on 4 July 2013

Britain's Mark Cavendish won a crash-marred fifth stage of the Tour de France in Marseille on Thursday morning, but Australia's Simon Gerrans retained the overall lead.

Cavendish finished over a bike length ahead of Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen and Slovakia's Peter Sagan in a reduced bunch sprint after they avoided a huge crash inside the final kilometre.

It was the Isle of Man rider's 24th stage win on the race, and he's 10 short of the great Eddy Merckx's record of 34 Tour de France stage wins.