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Riders hit the deck in Tour de France crashes

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Team Saxo Bank rider Jonathan Cantwell of Australia lies on the ground after a fall during the fifth stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Rouen and Saint-Quentin on Thursday.

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Tyler Farrar of the USA riding for Garmin-Sharp is the last rider to cross the finish line after he was involved in a crash in the last three kilometers of stage five.

AP reports that Andre Greipel won the 196.5-kilometer 5th stage of the Tour de France:

The barreling pack overtook three breakaway riders with barely 100 meters left, and Greipel wheeled out in front a split-second ahead of Matt Goss of Australia, who was second, as Juan Jose Hadeo of Argentina took third. Mark Cavendish was fifth.

Like Greipel's sprint-finish victory a day before, a late crash marred the race, and he counted himself "lucky" to avoid the spill two days in a row.

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The pack passes a church in Rouen during the start of the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 196.5 kilometers (122 miles) with start in Rouen and finish in Saint-Quentin, France, July 5.