Chris Froome was happy to come through another Tour de France stage unscathed as late crashes hit the peloton while Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory in Marseille.
Two significant crashes in the last 16 kilometres of today's 228.5km stage five from Cagnes-sur-Mer highlighted the dangers facing the general classification contenders at this point, with a premium put on survival.
Although his chief lieutenant Richie Porte had a puncture - not costing him any time - Froome dodged the trouble around him, despite the unpredictability of where it might strike.
"For now our game plan is to try to stay in front of the problems, though it seems most of the problems are happening at the front," he said.
"You definitely have to stay awake at all times. I managed to get round (the final crash, 200m from the line)."
Team Sky, who came third in yesterday's team time trial, just three seconds behind Orica GreenEdge and two seconds behind Cavendish's Omega Pharma-Quick Step squad, were in the running once again as Edvald Boasson Hagen challenged Cavendish for today's win, but the Norwegian had to settle for a close second.
"Edvald got the chance to stretch his legs in the final there and he came second to Cav, which is not bad at all considering he doesn't have a lead-out train with him or anything," Froome added.
"Our main objective is the GC and staying safe, but at least he's able to do the sprint and have an opportunity to go for it. Edvald can do whatever he wants if he puts his mind to it, it's good to see."
Further back, Geraint Thomas survived another stage on his cracked pelvis, suffered on day one, although he had an unwelcome puncture which forced him to stop for a wheel change, and his pain was obvious as he was pushed back on to the road by the team mechanic.
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