MARSEILLE, France -- British sprinter Mark Cavendish won the fifth stage of the Tour de France in a close finish on Wednesday and Australian veteran Simon Gerrans kept the yellow jersey.
Cavendish made a poor start to the Tour, but his 24th career Tour stage win launches his bid to win the sprinters' green jersey.
“I'm super happy,” Cavendish said. “Now the pressure's off and hopefully it has started the ball rolling.”
Cavendish stayed near teammate Gert Steegmans' wheel, got in position to attack and held off a challenge from Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen. Peter Sagan, who leads the green jersey contest, finished in third place. Cavendish pulled within 35 points...