AMIENS, France (Reuters) - Dylan Groenewegen snatched his second win in a row on the Tour de France when he prevailed in awe-inspiring fashion in a bunch sprint at the end of the eighth stage on Saturday.
The Dutchman needed no help from his team mates in the final straight as he slalomed through his rivals to beat German Andre Greipel by almost a bike length after 181 kms from Dreux. Colombian Fernando Gaviria finished third and Belgian Greg van Avermaet retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey.
Gaviria was boxed in by Greipel in the final 200 metres and the Colombian appeared to headbutt his rival’s lower back in retaliation.
One of the overall favourites, Ireland’s Dan Martin who won the sixth stage on Thursday, crashed with 17 kms left and lost one minute 15 seconds, according to provisional results.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; editing by Clare Fallon)