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Cyclist Mark Cavendish wins his 25th Tour de France stage

Mark Cavendish won the 25th Tour de France stage of his career and Chris Froome lost some of his overall lead.

The Associated Press

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SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND, France – On a contrasting day for British riders at the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish moved up the list of sprint greats while Chris Froome lost a chunk of his overall lead to his main rival.

Cavendish, who rides for the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team, sealed his 25th stage victory to move into a tie for third place with Andre Leducq of France on the Tour’s all-time list.

Eddy Merckx of Belgium won a record 34 Tour stages and Bernard Hinault of France is second with 28.

Cavendish said, “My team did an incredible job. They rode themselves into the ground.”

Meanwhile, Froome of Sky Procycling placed 26th in the 107.5-mile stage from Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond and gave up more than one minute to two-time former champion Alberto Contador. Spaniard Contador of Team Saxo-Tinkoff was seventh in the 13th stage

Froome leads Dutch rider Bauke Mollema of the Belkin team by 2 minutes, 28 seconds.

Contador is in third place, 2:45 behind Froome.

Mollema, who finished third in the stage, and Contador each gained 1:09 on Froome.

“Near the end, we saw that many riders were at their limit,” Contador said.

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