Tour de France, Stage 18 Results: Mark Cavendish Claims Stage

As the 2012 Tour de France is drawing near a close, Englishman Bradley Wiggins is looking good so far with the yellow jersey, hoping to keep it on the rest of the way.But he wasn't the only member of team sky that finished well on Friday as teammate Mark Cavendish sprinted to the finish line to claim the 18th stage.

Cavendish, the winner of the second stage this year back in Belgium, took the 222.5 kms stage by powering past the likes of other breakaway riders like Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez and Ireland's Nicolas Roche. This marks the fifth victory by a Briton on this Tour and the fourth by a Team Sky rider just one week ahead of the Olympic road race in London.

There was a bit of drama after a crash caused by a dog running out on the road, sending Belgium's Philippe Gilbert, Russia's Denis Menchov and France's Arthur Vichot to the ground hard. Gilbert was sent to hospital with a suspected hand fracture.

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