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BRIT WINS; RIVAL MEETS WITH LANCE

MONTARGIS, France - Britain's Mark Cavendish broke down in tears Thursday after winning the Tour de France's fifth stage.

Defending champion Alberto Contador was 19th, and seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong finished 30th.

Cavendish, who won six stages last year and four in 2008, broke through on the mostly flat 116.3-mile trek. The main title contenders cruised home in the pack, which clocked 4 hours, 30 minutes, 50 seconds. Fabian Cancellara retained the leader's yellow jersey.

Holding his face in his hands and breaking down in a TV interview, Cavendish said the "pressure was immense."

Before the fifth stage, Contador paid a surprise visit to Armstrong's team bus. Contador's press officer, Jacinto Vidarte, said Contador handed over "commemorative watches from last year's Tour win for (Johan) Bruyneel and Lance Armstrong."

Bruyneel was manager of the 2009 Astana team, which counted Contador and Armstrong, who were heated rivals, as its leading stars. Armstrong, 38, called the gesture "very generous," adding that Contador "recognizes he had the support of a great team" in helping him win his second Tour.

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FAST FACTS

Tour de France

Thursday:Britain's Mark Cavendish won the 116.5-mile stretch from Epernay to Montargis.

Lance Armstrong watch: 18th, 2:30 back of leader

Today: Sixth stage, mainly flat 141-mile route from Montargis to Guegnon

TV: 8:30 a.m., Versus

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