Tour de France: Cav and Pete avoid major crash

Mark Cavendish (Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire)

Mark Cavendish (Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire)

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Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh managed to avoid a mass pile-up during the third stage of this year’s Tour de France on Monday.

On the tour’s only day in Belgium before heading into France, the stage from Antwerp to Huy was marred by a huge crash 50 kilometres from the end when French rider William Bonnet hit the Tarmac travelling at an estimated 50km/h.

Such was the pace of the peloton that up to 30 riders were unable to avoid the stricken FDJ cyclist and were also sent tumbling to the ground, some even colliding with a nearby telegraph pole.

Race leader Fabian Cancellara was one of those who crashed, while at the time of going to press four riders were forced to abandon the three-week event.

After the race had been neutralised - and even stopped at one point - the action resumed with Kennaugh and Team Sky setting the tempo at the front.

The British team were able to deliver Froome to the finish where he escaped rivals Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali to claim second place and the leader’s yellow jersey.

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