Photography by BrakeThrough Media, Jered & Ashley Gruber, Cor Vos
Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel went wheel-to-wheel in the final hundred metres on the slight uphill finishing straight in Angers, finishing in a dead-heat. Both riders raised a hand in victory, albeit hesitantly.
Both men would have to wait for five minutes while the Commissaires examined the photo finish and finally awarded the stage to Cavendish. The win however, came as no surprise to Cavendish.
“I normally know when I won or I lose a photo finish,” he said. “When I crossed the line, I kind of knew I got it today but anything can happen. The sprint was uphill, so you had to run into it with speed. I knew I had to come from behind. I wanted to be behind Greipel to launch my sprint. He’s like me last year, after I didn’t win the first stage, I hit out too early. When I started to come past him, I thought I would have it easy, but he hit out again. My teammates, Bernie Eisel, Edvald Boasson Hagen, and Mark Renshaw, were phenomenal. It’s superb for Dimension Data. We came here and we made our sponsors proud.”
Read the full stage 3 race report, highlight video and results here.