Cavendish in Tour crash

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Mark CAVENDISH was today aiming to bounce back on stage five of the Tour de France after a spectacular crash saw him flirt with the end of his Olympic dream.

The world champion and a favourite for the London 2012 road race on July 28 suffered superficial injuries in the last three kilometres of the 214.5km fourth stage from Abbeville to Rouen as a crash fractured the peloton.

The 27-year-old was expected on the start line for the 196.5km fifth stage from Rouen to Saint-Quentin, after crossing the line more than four minutes behind stage winner Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol). Fabian Cancellara retained the yellow jersey ahead of Bradley Wiggins.