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Lance Armstrong was happy to simply finish the first stage of the Tour de France in one piece after several other high-profile riders crashed.
Armstrong has had his share of crashes since returning to competition last season, breaking a collarbone last year and injuring his left elbow in May, but avoided the three crashes Sunday that marred the 138.9-mile stage between Rotterdam and Brussels.
The 38-year-old Texan, the winner of seven consecutive Tours from 1999 to 2005, held his nerves when a group of riders crashed in front of him and stopped just in time to avoid a fall. His biggest rival, defending champion Alberto Contador, scraped up a leg bumping a bike in front as he braked.
Armstrong is fourth overall after finishing third last year. He leads Contador by 5 seconds after the Sunday stage won by Italy's Alessandro Petacchi. . . .
Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso and third-place David Millar fell off their bikes after the dog ran into the peloton. . . .
Armstrong's teammates, Andreas Kloeden, Levi Leipheimer and Janez Brajkovic, were among the several high-profile riders who crashed.
"Everybody is OK. It just shows how crazy it's going to be on Tuesday," the cancer survivor said about the race's third stage that will feature seven dangerous and treacherous cobblestone sectors. "Same situation, very small roads. A lot of turns, the nerves and the intensity will be high."
. . . overall standings remained unchanged with Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland leading Germany's Tony Martin by 10 seconds. Millar was third, 20 seconds off the pace, ahead of Armstrong, who was another 2 seconds back. . .
Lance Armstrong of the US, center, rides in the pack during the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 223,5 kilometers (139 miles) with start in Rotterdam, Netherlands and finish in Brussels, Belgium, Sunday July 4, 2010.