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Cervelo strengthened their position at the Tour de l’Aude as American Kristin Armstrong took the mountainous fifth stage to Amelie les Bains.

Team-mates Regina Bruins and Claudia Hausler remain in the top two positions overall after Armstrong and former yellow jersey Amber Neben (Nurnberger) crossed the line clear of a chasing group of fifteen riders, containing favourites Nicole Cooke (Vision 1), Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) and Emma Johannsen (Red Sun). Cooke now moves to fifth overall.

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