Cavendish wins Tour de France stage

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The Independent Online

Mark Cavendish produced another trademark sprint finish to claim his fifth stage victory of the Tour de France.

The Manxman held off his rival for the green jersey, Thor Hushovd, to win the 178kilometre 19th stage from Bourgoin-Jallieu to Aubenas and close the gap on the Norwegian to 25 points.

The category two final climb looked like it would put paid to Cavendish's hopes of victory, but his Colombia team-mates gave him the platform to attack 300 metres out.

German Gerald Ciolek finished in third, while Astana rider Alberto Contador retained the race leader's yellow jersey.