Mark Cavendish's win is a family affair as his wife and two children where there to share his 28th Tour de France victory. Photo by Sirotti
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Gallery: Le Tour de France Stage 3

In a nail-biting sprint finish, Mark Cavendish took the win in front of his rival Andre Greipel by only a whisker. 

Cav was identified as the winner after a review of the slow motion video replay. However Greipel was convinced he had beaten Cavendish’s 28th attempt at a stage victory, celebrating with a fist pump.

But it was the well-timed bike throw that solidified Cavendish’s win. 

Cavendish vs. Greipel on the line. It came down to millimetres but the experience of Cavendish's patience paid off. Photo by Sirotti
Cavendish vs. Greipel on the line. It came down to millimetres but the experience of Cavendish’s patience paid off. Photo by Sirotti

The peloton meandered at just under 34km/h for the majority of the six hour, 223.5km stage.

Thomas Voeckler on the start of Stage 3, one of the days main animators. Photo by Sirotti
Thomas Voeckler on the start of Stage 3, one of the days main animators. Photo by Sirotti

The crowd pleaser Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) bridged across to the lone attacker Armindo Fonseca from the Fortuneo-Vital Concept team with 80km to go with the pair holding their miniscule lead until the last 8km. 

Peter Sagan remains in yellow for another day. Photo by Sirotti
Peter Sagan remains in yellow for another day. Photo by Sirotti

Peter Sagan stays in yellow for tonight’s 232km stage from Saumer to Limoges.

Andre Greipel just squeezed out on the line by the timing and precision of Mark Cavendish. Photo by Sirotti
Andre Greipel just squeezed out on the line by the timing and precision of Mark Cavendish. Photo by Sirotti
Christopher Froome sitting comfortably within the peloton until the Tour reaches the mountains later in the month. Photo by Sirotti
Christopher Froome sitting comfortably within the peloton until the Tour reaches the mountains later in the month. Photo by Sirotti
Nairo Quintana picked as one of the favourites to upset Froome's chances of another Tour de France overall win. Photo by Sirotti
Nairo Quintana picked as one of the favourites to upset Froome’s chances of another Tour de France overall win. Photo by Sirotti
Mark Cavendish moments before he found out he took the win on Stage 3. The anxious wait for the final decision lasted only a few minutes. Photo by Sirotti
Mark Cavendish moments before he found out he took the win on Stage 3. The anxious wait for the final decision lasted only a few minutes. Photo by Sirotti
Mark Cavendish's win is a family affair as his wife and two children where there to share his 28th Tour de France victory. Photo by Sirotti
Mark Cavendish’s win is a family affair as his wife and two children where there to share his 28th Tour de France victory. Photo by Sirotti

 

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