BESANCON, France (AP) _ Dutch cyclist Jeroen Blijlevens won today's fifth stage of the Tour de France and France's Stephane Heulot held to his overall lead.

Blijlevens powered ahead in the final sprint ahead, beating Federic Moncassin of France and German Erik Zabel across the finish line in the 150-mile fifth stage from Lac de Madine to Besancon.

``It was a very good race because I won today,'' said Blijlevens who finished second in two other Tour stages this week.

Miguel Indurain of Spain finished with the main group of riders and was 11th overall at 4 minutes 17 seconds back. He has won the race five times.

Midway through the stage. American Lance Armstrong went down in a minor spill. He was not seriously injured and finished with the main group.

The 21-stage, 2,418-mile Tour continues Friday with the Tour's first challenging climbing stage, 128 miles from Arc-et-Senans to Aix Les Bains.