Germany’s national champion Andre Greipel celebrated stage six victory of the Tour de France on Thursday after winning a sprint finish in Reims.
The day’s 194 kilometre ride was animated by a four man break that started early on.
The peloton never really seemed troubled by the quartet’s lead and despite the main bunch getting split in the crosswinds later on the breakaway group was to be swallowed up before entering Reims.
The last of the escapees was caught with 12 kilometres left.
The train then powered towards the finish line with Omega Pharma-Quickstep taking control off the front.
But with 150 metres to go Greipel made his move and managed to comfortably hold off the challenges of his rivals to win by over a bike length.
It marked a superb day for Greipel and another triumph for Germany whose riders have won every single bunch sprint in this edition of the Tour de France so far.
Alexander Kristoff of Norway crossed over in second place while Frenchman Samuel Dumoulin rounded off the stage six podium in third.
Italian Vincenzo Nibali remains overall race leader and holds a two second lead over Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang, Peter Sagan of Slovakia is third at 44 seconds.