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World Champion Mark Cavendish Crashes as Greipel Wins Tour Stage

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July 5 (Bloomberg) -- World champion cyclist Mark Cavendish crashed with about a mile left of yesterday’s stage four of the Tour de France. Andre Greipel won the stage.

Greipel, who rides for the Lotto-Belisol team, sprinted to victory at the end of the 133-mile ride between Abbeville and Rouen. Team Sky’s Cavendish was among about eight riders to fall near the front of the peloton

“Pretty serious but I think he’s OK: cut up, bruised,” Team Sky sports director Sean Yates told Eurosport. “Every sprint is dangerous.”

Cavendish crossed the finishing line with his rainbow jersey ripped on the left shoulder. Last year he became the first Briton in 46 years to win the men’s cycling road race world title.

Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara maintained the race-leading yellow jersey. He has a seven-second lead over Bradley Wiggins and Sylvain Chavanel. Defending champion Cadel Evans is 10 seconds further back.

The 20-stage race continues today with a 122-mile ride on flat terrain between Rouen and Saint-Quentin.

To contact the reporters on this story: Alex Duff in Madrid at aduff4@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at at celser@bloomberg.net