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Tour de France, Stage 18 Results: Mark Cavendish Wins, Bradley Wiggins Inches Closer To Title

Team Sky had themselves another stellar day on Friday during the 2012 Tour de France as Mark Cavendish sprinted to the finish line to claim the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Friday, while teammate Bradley Wiggins got one step closer to winning it all.

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.

The stage did have some 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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