Tour de France 2012, Stage 18 Results: Mark Cavendish Claims Stage, Bradley Wiggins Retains Yellow Jersey

Englishman Bradley Wiggins is looking good so far with the yellow jersey, hoping to keep it on the rest of the way as the 2012 Tour de France is drawing near a close. 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 in Belgium two weeks ago, took the 222.5 kms stage by powering past the likes of other breakaway riders such as Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez and Ireland's Nicolas Roche. This marks the fifth victory by a Briton on this year's Tour and the fourth by a Team Sky rider. The Brits are looking good just one week before 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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