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5 things to know about Tour de France

Updated: July 3, 2013, 7:35 PM ET
Associated Press

MARSEILLE, France -- The Tour de France enters its sixth stage on Thursday. Five things to know:

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1. A REAL SPRINT FINISH: Wednesday's Stage 5, a long, mostly flat ride from Cagnes-sur-Mer to Marseille, lived up to its billing as well-suited for sprinters. Mark Cavendish of Britain made it look easy as he gained his 24th career Tour stage victory after the 142-mile trek, ahead of fellow speedsters including Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Germany's Andre Greipel. It was the first real ...

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