Germany’s André Greipel has won Stage 15 of the Tour de France from Mende to Valence in a sprint finish, his third stage victory in this year’s event.
Fellow countryman John Degenkolb of the Giant Alpecin team came in second followed by Norway’s Alexander Kristoff of Katusha in third. Peter Sagan from the Tinkoff-Saxo team finished in fourth.
The 183km route saw both rain and temperatures rise into the mid thirties, making for difficult conditions for the riders.
An early breakaway group of nine riders was caught just under 40km from the finish
British rider Chris Froome of Team Sky finished 23rd and retains his yellow jersey, 3 minutes 10 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Colombia’s Nairo Quintana of the Movistar team who moved ahead of Tejay van Garderen.
Monday’s (July 20) Stage 16 is a 201km route from Bourg de Péage to Gap. Tuesday (July 21) is a rest day ahead of four days in the Alps.