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Greipel beats Sagan by half a wheel

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Andre Greipel earned his third stage victory of this year’s Tour de France after winning the fourth and fifth stages in sprint finishes. Still-photo imagery showed Saturday he won by half a wheel’s length ahead of Slovakian rider Peter Sagan.
“I’m really happy with this victory ... it was once again a team effort,” said Andre Greipel, who has four career Tour de France stage wins. “The sprint was very long.”
Tour de France leader Bradley Wiggins leads the peloton through Uzes during the 13th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Le Cap D’Agde, France.
A Frenchwoman waves a French flag on Bastille Day during Stage 13 of the Tour de France, 134.8 miles from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Le Cap D’Agde, France. A German won the stage, and a Briton leads the Tour.
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LE CAP D’AGDE, France – A brief look at Saturday’s 13th stage of the 99th Tour de France:
Stage: A 134.8-mile, mainly flat ride from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to the Mediterranean seaside resort of Le Cap D’Agde. It featured a short but incredibly steep Mont Saint-Clair climb just 14 miles from the finish that eliminated top sprinters such as Mark Cavendish, Matt Goss and Tyler Farrar from the pack contending for the win.
Winner: Andre Greipel of Germany. The Lotto-Belisol sprinter scored his third stage win of the Tour by beating a pack that included all the top overall contenders, including yellow jersey holder Bradley Wiggins. Slovakia’s Peter Sagan took second, and Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway was third after an unusual yellow jersey lead-out by his teammate Wiggins.
Leader: Wiggins retained the race lead ahead of Sky teammate Christopher Froome, who is 2 minutes and 5 seconds behind. Italian climber Vincenzo Nibali is third, 2:23 off the pace.
Stat of the Day: 64. The points’ lead Sagan holds in the top sprinter’s green-jersey competition over second-place Greipel. Sagan is looking to become the first rider since 1990 to win the green jersey in his maiden Tour.
Quote of the Day: “Sometimes I think for certain people, whatever you do will never be enough unless they came and lived with me for 12 months, which I’m not prepared for them to do, certainly not with Paul Kimmage.” Bradley Wiggins, in response to a question about whether he would be open to a suggestion by Irish journalist Kimmage that he release his blood passport data as a way of showing he does not engage in doping.
Today’s Stage: A 118-mile ride into the Pyrenees mountains between Limoux and Foix. The route takes riders over three categorized climbs, including two first-category climbs, the Port de Lers and the Mur de Peguere, whose summit comes almost 29 miles from the finish.
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Greipel beats Sagan by half a wheel

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Andre Greipel earned his third stage victory of this year’s Tour de France after winning the fourth and fifth stages in sprint finishes. Still-photo imagery showed Saturday he won by half a wheel’s length ahead of Slovakian rider Peter Sagan.
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“I’m really happy with this victory ... it was once again a team effort,” said Andre Greipel, who has four career Tour de France stage wins. “The sprint was very long.”
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Tour de France leader Bradley Wiggins leads the peloton through Uzes during the 13th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Le Cap D’Agde, France.
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A Frenchwoman waves a French flag on Bastille Day during Stage 13 of the Tour de France, 134.8 miles from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Le Cap D’Agde, France. A German won the stage, and a Briton leads the Tour.
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