Sometimes just staying upright is all you need to take a big win.Â With Oscar Freire, Mark Cavendish, and Tyler Farrar all crashing inside the final few kilometers, it was Alessandro Petacchiâ€™s day in the Tour de France.Â With a win eerily similar to the stage he took in Stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse, Petacchi survived the carnage to take his fifth Tour stage winâ€”his first since 2003.
It was a crash-filled finish to an otherwise uneventful stage–weâ€™ll have to see who made it through the carnage unscathed.Â Of those to fall, Tyler Farrar has to be the most disappointedâ€”the race looked to be his going into the final 500 meters.
Tomorrow looks to be the first day for a real shake-up, as the race heads to the Belgian Ardennes.Â With 6 climbs on the day, a breakaway could go clear to fight for the win in Spa.Â Men like Thomas Voeckler and Maxim Iglinsky come to mind hereâ€”and never forget Damiano Cunego.Â With the pavÃ© lurking in Tuesdayâ€™s Stage 3, will the favorites try and give themselves a cushion?
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For now, enjoy your Sundayâ€”have a terrific 4th of July if youâ€™re celebrating.
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