Team Orica Green-EDGE down to six following another crash

AUSTRALIAN-owned Orica Green-EDGE lost another soldier on stage five of the Tour de France, with Switzerland's Michael Albasini out after fracturing his upper arm in a crash.

That left the team with just six riders after Simon Gerrans (broken wrist) and veteran Daryl Impey (broken collarbone) exited after a horror fall on stage three.

Teammate Michael Matthews (pictured) also went down, eventually coming in a long last after cracking his ribcage. That didn't stop Matthews from finishing stage five - which ended in Amiens - just 16km past the town of Villers-Bretonneux, home to the Australian National Memorial.

His courage in continuing the race earned him the most aggressive rider award. "I could have pulled the pin and jumped in the car, but these guys fought and died for us so I thought I could do something by getting through the stage," he said.

The stage was won by Germany's Andre Greipel.

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