Greipel wins fifth stage of Tour de France
Countryman Tony Martin keeps lead
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.