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Cavendish wins stage as Wiggins stays top of Tour of Britain

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Britain's Mark Cavendish sprints during the Tour de France on July 17, 2013 between Embrun and Chorges, southeastern France.AFP/File

Britain's Mark Cavendish won the fourth stage of the Tour of Britain on Wednesday as compatriot Bradley Wiggins remained top of the general classification.

Sprint specialist Cavendish emerged at the front of a bunch finish at the end of the stage that started in Stoke in the English Potteries before ending in Llanberis in northwest Wales.

Isle of Man racer Cavendish emerged at the front of proceedings after the peloton hauled in an a 11-strong breakaway group with a just a kilometre left in the Snowdonia National Park.

Cavendish, who rides for the Omega Pharma-Quickstep team, then saw off the challenge of opening stage winner Elia Viviani (Cannondale) and Steele von Hoff (Garmin Sharp).

Olympic champion Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner, who went to the head of the standings with a dominant display in the stage three time trial, finished in the peloton to remain in front with four stages left.