Jul 4, 2010 8:19 PM by Jordan Mason

Petacchi wins 1st stage of Tour de France

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Alessandro Petacchi has won the first stage of the Tour de France in a sprint, while Lance Armstrong and other top contenders trailing in the pack in a day marred by
several crashes.

Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara appeared set to retain the leader's yellow jersey after Sunday's 139-mile trek through flat Belgian and Dutch lowlands from Rotterdam to Brussels.

Overall standings were not immediately available.

Cancellara won Saturday's prologue to the three-week race. Armstrong placed fourth - 22 seconds back. Defending Tour champion Alberto Contador of Spain was sixth, 27 seconds behind.

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