Jul 9, 2010 10:35 PM by Jordan Mason
GUEUGNON, France (AP) - Mark Cavendish has won the sixth and longest stage of the Tour de France as the top contenders finished in a closely trailing pack.
The British rider won his second straight stage on a hot Friday and raised his arms in celebration at the end of the 141.3-mile course from Montargis to Gueugnon, which favored sprinters.
The standings didn't change, with Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara retaining the overall leader's yellow jersey. Defending champion Alberto Contador remained ninth. Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong was 18th.
Barring a crash or mishap, overall standings rarely change much on such a flat stage. Strong climbers are poised to take center stage once the three-week race enters the Alps on Sunday.
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