Sky’s Bradley Wiggins crashed immediately after stage five of the Tour de France started today in Épernay.

“He’s in a little bit of pain,” said the team, “but OK”

The crash happened shortly after 12:30, seven kilometres into the 9.8 kilometres of neutral zone prior to kilometre zero. Wiggins landed on his right side, the same side he crashed on during Monday’s rain-soaked stage to Spa.

Today, he re-joined the rest of the riders before the official start of the race. The 187.5-kilometres stage to should be an ‘easy’ one for Wiggins as it is flat and suits the sprinters.

Wiggins focus is on the general classification and the mountain stages ahead, starting with Saturday’s stage to Station de Rousses. He currently sits 14th in the classification, 1’49” behind Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank).

Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas is second overall, at 23 second back, and wears the white jersey of best young rider.

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Tour de France 2010: Stage reports

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Stage three: Hushovd takes dramatic win; Thomas second on stage and GC

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Stage one: Petacchi wins in Brussels as bunch left in tatters

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Tour de France 2010: Photos

Stage three photo gallery

Stage two photo gallery

Stage one gallery

Prologue photo gallery

Tour de France 2010: Videos

Stage four video highlights

Stage three video highlights

Stage two video highlights

Stage one video highlights

Prologue video highlights

Tour de France 2010: Race guide

Tour de France 2010: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index

Official start list, with race numbers

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