Andre Greipel Wins Third Tour de France Stage in Group Sprint

Andre Greipel
Andre Greipel celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France, on July 19, 2015. Photographer: Peter Dejong/AP Photo

Andre Greipel won his third stage of this year’s Tour de France, winning a four-man sprint at the end of Sunday’s 183-kilometer (114-mile) ride between Mende and Valence. Sky’s Chris Froome retained the leader’s yellow jersey.

The Lotto-Soudal cyclist completed the 15th stage in 3 hours, 55 minutes, edging Giant-Alpecin’s John Degenkolb, Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff and Peter Sagan of Tinkoff-Saxo. It’s Greipel’s ninth career stage win.

“I was suffering from the start to the finish,” Greipel said. “It was really hard to stay with the group today. The team worked hard.”

Etixx-Quick Step’s Mark Cavendish was dropped on the climb of cote de Badaroux, and wasn’t involved in the closing sprint.

Froome kept the leader’s spot for the 10th stage of the race, keeping a 3 minute, 10 second gap over Movistar’s Nairo Quintana, with BMC’s Tejay van Garderen another 22 seconds behind.

Monday’s stage covers 201 kilometers between Bourg-de-Peage and Gap. Tuesday is a rest day in the race.

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