German sprint specialist Andre Greipel of the Lotto Belisol team claimed his third stage win at the 99th edition of the tour de France on Saturday winning a photo finish over Slovakia’s Peter Sagan of Liquigas-Cannondale.
Edvald Boasson Hagen of Team Sky took third in the mass sprint in Cap d’Agde.
Britain’s Bradley Wiggins, who set up the sprint for team-mate Boasson Hagen, comfortably defended his leader’s yellow jersey.
Stage 13 took the peloton over 217 kilometres to Cap d’Agde on the south coast.
With Wiggens tucked up in the bunch a large group escaped early on but with 64 kilometres to the line Denmark’s Michael Morkov took off alone.
Mountains classification leader Fredrik Kessiakoff was amongst those involved in a crash with 26km to go, but all got up and going again to help the peloton catch Morkov soon after.
Defending champion Cadel Evans attacked up the final climb of the day moments later but Wiggins Cooley drove the field up to the Australian and reeled him in.
A few failed attacks later the pack were bunched for the mass sprint and Wiggens was in the thick of it to help launch team-mate Edvald Boasson Hagen.
In the end though the day’s honours went to Greipel who took his third victory this campaign.
Ahead of Sunday’s stage 14 which takes the riders into the start of the Pyrennees title contender Wiggens holds a two minute and five second advantage over compatriot Chris Froome.