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Greipel celebrates his third sprint win at the Tour de France

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Andre Greipel tosses his bouquet on the stage 15 podium.

Andre Greipel tosses his bouquet on the stage 15 podium. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Andre Greipel on the stage 15 podium.

Andre Greipel on the stage 15 podium. (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) gets his third stage win of the 2015 Tour de France in Valence

André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) gets his third stage win of the 2015 Tour de France in Valence (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Andre Greipel following his stage 15 win.

Andre Greipel following his stage 15 win. (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Andre Greipel wins stage 15 of the 2015 Tour de France.

Andre Greipel wins stage 15 of the 2015 Tour de France. (Image credit: Sirotti)

Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) won his third sprint victory in Valence, confirming he is the best sprinter in the 2015 Tour de France.

Greipel has often been the bridesmaid to Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep), Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) as they won the most important sprints in professional cycling, but now he seems to have the best finishing sprint. He seems able to produce more power, reach a higher finishing speed and read the sprint better than his rivals.

Greipel dug deep to survive and stay in contact with the front group in the hilly opening 75 kilometres and after the 7.9km Col d’Escrinet climb, so he could then use his sprinting skills.

“It was a pretty tough stage, we were suffering from kilometre zero until the end,” Greipel explained in his usual gentle Gorilla persona that is so different to when he is sprinting to the line.