Chavanel avoids crashes, takes lead
SPA, Belgium -- Lance Armstrong bloodied his thigh in a tumble to the asphalt Monday, one of dozens of Tour de France riders ensnared in widespread nerve-racking crashes Monday during a rainy second stage won by new race leader Sylvain Chavanel of France.
Armstrong and defending champion Alberto Contador of Spain fell on a slippery descent from the mid-grade Stockeu Pass toward the end of the 125-mile run from Brussels to Spa. Both completed the stage and were OK, their teams said.
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