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5 things to know about Tour de France

Updated: July 12, 2013, 5:12 PM ET
Associated Press

SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND, France -- Five things to know as the Tour de France enters its 14th stage on Saturday:

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1. FLAT OUT EXCITING: -- One of the articles of faith at the Tour is that flat stages tend to be less relevant to the overall standings because it's hard for individual riders to break away from the tightly wound pack. Not so on Friday: Gusty winds helped breakaway riders split the peloton into pieces, and kept stragglers from catching up. Then, Alejandro Valverde of Spain, ...

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