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Fabian Cancellara back in yellow

ARENBERG (France): Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara regained the race leader's yellow jersey after the third stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday won by Norwegian Thor Hushovd, riding for the Cervelo team.

Seven-time winner Lance Armstrong was one of the day's big losers over a stage containing seven cobblestoned sections totalling 13km that took a heavy toll on the peloton.

Armstrong came in 32nd, 2min 08sec off Hushovd's pace, to leave him in 18th in the overall standings at 2:30 off Cancellara, the reigning Olympic time trial champion.

Among the high-profile riders to crash out was Luxembourg's Frank Schleck, who unfortunately suffered a broken collarbone, according to his brother Andy.

Schleck finished fifth in the 2009 Tour and was expected to be among the big challengers to reigning champion and race favourite Alberto Contador.

Le Lay out

Frenchman David Le Lay became the latest crash victim of the Tour de France on Tuesday, the AG2R rider being forced to leave the race after suffering apparent collarbone injuries.

Climbing specialist Le Lay crashed on a relatively smooth section of road just after the halfway stage of the 213km ride from Wanze in Belgium to here and pulled out of the race. — AFP

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