Cavendish Wins Stage 7

Leipheimer, GC contenders crash


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Mark Cavendish grabbed his 17th stage win at the Tour de France on Friday, sprinting to a win on the largely flat seventh stage, as a crash set back several general classification contenders. Levi Leipheimer lost 3:06 after he, Chris Horner, Bradley Wiggins, and several other cyclists wiped out; Wiggins later left the race with a broken collarbone. Tom Boonen of Quick Step also dropped out, citing lingering injuries from a crash during stage five. Thor Hushovd, who started the day in the lead, barely held onto the yellow jersey, with Australian Cadel Evans finishing just one second back. Stage eight, which will take place Saturday, marks the end of the sprint-friendly stages, as the peloton begins the climb into the Maasif Central.

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