Garmin Cervelo’s Thor Hushovd held his nerve to retain the race leader’s yellow jersey in Redon while team-mate Tyler Farrar became the first American to secure a Tour de France stage win on Independence Day.
Despite leading the pack for most of the race, Britain’s Mark Cavendish, who has won a record 15 stages in the past three editions of the Tour, came fifth after a final bend forced many riders to slow down and lose momentum.
It was Farrar’s first triumph here and the 27-year-old’s solid performance showcased the dominance of the Garmin team over the past two days.
Despite a late burst, France’s Romain Feillu of Vacansoleil finished second while Movistar’s Jose Rojas had to settle for third place.
Hushovd still leads the overall standings as Garmin celebrated their second consecutive win, having clinched the 23km team time trial at Les Essarts on Sunday.