Andre the giant sprints to second stage win
German Andre Greipel won the rain-drenched fifth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish yesterday, while compatriot Tony Martin kept the yellow jersey and the main Tour contenders stayed safe as others tumbled around them in crashes.
Greipel attacked some 100m from the line and held on to beat Slovakian Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish to take his second stage win of this year's tour.
The British sprinter, looking far from his past best as he sought to add to his 25 Tour stage wins, again came up short and finished third after taking fourth in Sunday's second stage won by Greipel.
The mostly flat stage took the riders over 189.5kms from Arras to Amiens in northern France.
"I actually did a good sprint, but I was just beaten by two other guys. They just went faster," admitted Cavendish.
French sprinter Nacer Bouhanni was an early casualty, abandoning the race when he was caught up in a crash that involved four of his team-mates.
Martin still leads Sky's Chris Froome by 12 seconds overall and American Tejay van Garderen by 25.