Cavendish wins 3rd stage of Tour de France in photo finish

ANGERS, France (AP) Mark Cavendish showed off his sprinting experience by edging German rival Andre Greipel in a photo finish to win the third stage of the Tour de France on Monday.

World champion Peter Sagan held on to the yellow jersey he claimed a day earlier.

It was Cavendish's second victory in this Tour and 28th overall, matching Bernard Hinault for second on the all-time list behind Eddy Merckx, who had 34 stage wins.

On a very slightly uphill finish, Cavendish kept pedaling to the line while Greipel, who was ahead, put his head down a bit too early.

Neither rider knew who won immediately.

Greipel started celebrating but then quickly changed his mind. Cavendish looked around with a blank stare until victory was confirmed.