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Cavendish eyes fifth sprint win in this year's Tour

MARK Cavendish will have a last chance before gruelling mountain stages to snatch a fifth stage win on the Tour de France when the 12th stage takes the peloton from Tonnerre to Vittel today.

Should he win another bunch sprint, the Manx will become the most successful British rider on the Tour after equalling Barry Hoban's record of eight stage victories yesterday.

A massive sprint, however, is not a foregone conclusion at the end of the 211.5-km ride featuring no less than six minor climbs.

"This flat stage could be a new episode in the contest between sprinters," said Tour director Christian Prudhomme.

"If they are strong and determined enough, breakway specialists will be capable of upsetting the plans of some team managers."

Italy's Rinaldo Nocentini is set to retain the overall leader's yellow jersey while Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong, second and third overall respectively, should spend a quiet day in the peloton.


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