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.
The peloton meandered at just under 34km/h for the majority of the six hour, 223.5km stage.
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 stays in yellow for tonight’s 232km stage from Saumer to Limoges.