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Petacchi wins 1st stage of Tour de France

Alessandro Petacchi has won the first stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish, with Lance Armstrong trailing in the pack on a day marred by several crashes.
AP | By HT Correspondent, Brussels
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2010 09:28 PM IST

Alessandro Petacchi has won the first stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish, with Lance Armstrong trailing in the pack on a day marred by several crashes.

Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara appeared set to retain the leader's yellow jersey after Sunday's 223.5-kilometer trek through flat Belgian and Dutch lowlands from Rotterdam to Brussels.

Overall standings were not immediately available. Cancellara won Saturday's prologue to the three-week race.

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