Germany’s Andre Greipel won his third stage of this year’s Tour de France as Britain’s Bradley Wiggins maintained the race leader’s yellow jersey.
Greipel, of the Lotto-Belisol team, beat Liquigas’s Peter Sagan in a sprint to the finish of the 217-kilometer (135-mile) 13th-stage ride from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Le Cap d’Agde.
“I think we deserve this win because we were working for it,” Greipel said in an interview with EuroSport.
Team Sky’s Wiggins finished 12th after leading a late sprint out and keeps his 2-minute, 5-second advantage over teammate and countryman Christopher Froome. Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali of Liquigas is 18 seconds farther back, followed by BMC Racing’s Cadel Evans, the defending champion from Australia, who is 3:19 behind Wiggins.
Wiggins led the peleton as it caught leaders Alexandre Vinokourov and Michael Albasini with about 2.5 kilometers remaining.
Rabobank’s Luis-Leon Sanchez broke away to take the lead before being overtaken by Wiggins, who moved aside to give teammate Edvald Boasson Hagen a chance for the victory. Greipel and Sagan then burst from behind, with the German winning the sprint across the finish line.
The 20-stage race heads into the Pyrenees Mountains tomorrow for a 191-kilometer ride from Limoux to Foix featuring two climbs.
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