Cavendish wins third Tour de France stage; Armstrong advances

Britain’s Mark Cavendish has won his second straight stage at the Tour de France, while Lance Armstrong climbed to third place overall by keeping up with a breakaway group.

Mark Cavendish of Britain

LA GRANDE-MOTTE, France — Britain’s Mark Cavendish has won his second straight stage at the Tour de France, while Lance Armstrong climbed to third place overall by keeping up with a breakaway group.

Fabian Cancellara extended his overall lead to 33 seconds after Monday’s third stage.

Cavendish finished in an unofficial time of five hours one minute 24 seconds, with Armstrong and 23 other riders given the same time.

Breakaway riders dominated the hot and breezy 196.5-kilometre course along the Mediterranean from Marseille to La Grande Motte.

The Columbia team took control with about 30 kilometres left, with its riders leading a 29-man breakaway that included Armstrong and Cancellara.

The race ends July 26 in Paris.

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