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Armstrong avoids 'total mayhem'

Updated: July 4, 2010, 3:51 PM ET
Associated Press

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Lance Armstrong avoided trouble in the crash-marred first stage of the Tour de France won Sunday by Italy's Alessandro Petacchi when other top sprinters fell.

Three crashes tangled up riders in the last few miles, including a pileup within the last half-mile. Race leader Fabian Cancellara went down, and defending champion Alberto Contador scraped a leg against another bike when he hit his brakes. Both men finished the stage with minor bumps and scrapes.

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