Greipel wins fifth stage of Tour de France

Coun­try­man Tony Martin keeps lead

Cape Breton Post - - CLASSIFIEDS/SPORTS -

An­dre Greipel won a rain­drenched fifth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint fin­ish on Wed­nes­day, while fel­low Ger­man Tony Martin kept the yel­low jersey and the main Tour con­tenders stayed safe as oth­ers tum­bled around them.

Greipel at­tacked some 100 me­tres from the line and held on to beat Slo­vakian Peter Sa­gan. Bri­tish sprinter Mark Cavendish fin­ished third.

“It was quite an im­pres­sive sprint, be­cause none of the sprint­ers had their lead- out man,” said the 32- year- old Greipel, who timed his move bril­liantly down the left. “I some­how man­aged to find space. I knew the right side was blocked.” The mostly flat stage took the riders over 189.5 kilo­me­tres (117.5 miles) from Ar­ras to Amiens in north­ern France, pass­ing some of the bat­tle­fields of World War One.

Riders hop­ing for a stress- free stage af­ter three days of in­tense rac­ing were to be dis­ap­pointed as the rain, which largely stayed away the day be­fore, thun­dered down and turned the slip­pery roads of north­ern France into some­thing of an ice rink.

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