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Summary

  1. Cavendish beats Greipel in photo finish
  2. Cavendish moves level with Hinault's 28 stage wins
  3. Sagan keeps leader's yellow jersey
  4. Froome remains 14 seconds adrift
  5. Stage 3: 223.5km from Granville to Angers

Live Reporting

By Peter Scrivener

All times stated are UK

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  1. Will Cav win 29th stage?

    Thanks for all your tweets today in what turned out to be a mammoth six-hour stage. The race report is taking shape.

    I'm taking a break tomorrow, so Chris Osborne will be in the chair. 

    Could Mark Cavendish win his 29th Tour de France stage and take sole possession of second on the all-time list?

    Be sure to join us from 12:00 BST with live commentary courtesy of BBC Radio 5 live from 15:00 BST.

  2. Stage four for the sprinters

    So, what does tomorrow have in store for us? Well, it's another day for the sprinters. 

    Team Sky's Geraint Thomas, in his stage-by-stage guide, is expecting another tough day in the saddle with 237.5km, the longest of this year's race, between Saumur to Limoges.

    He picked out Marcel Kittel as the one to watch. 

    I humbly suggest you keep tabs on one Mark Cavendish. There is a another uphill kick to the finish which may suit Peter Sagan more.

    But today was slightly uphill as well and look what happened. 

  3. Sagan speaks

    "It was a long day. The last 20km was a bit funny before that was staying on a wheel and eating and drinking. My aim is to be in one piece in Paris. Happy to finish third today and stay in yellow but it is more happy to be safe and healthy."

  4. Upstaged by his daughter

    Mark Cavendish is holding court again, having picked up his green jersey. His daughter interrupts to discuss her hair. Beautiful scenes.

    "Who thought when i started cycling that I would have my name mentioned in line with Bernard Hinault. It's pretty amazing," he says when he can get a word in.

  5. Two Brits in the top 10

    A great top-10 for another British sprinter. Dan McLay taking his second ninth of the Tour.

  6. Cavendish takes green jersey lead

    The victory also gives Mark Cavendish the lead in the green points jersey classification. He leads on 123 points with Peter Sagan second on 116.

    Cav is not expecting to keep that lead to Paris though - he expects Sagan to pick up too many points in intermediate sprints.

  7. The moment Cav won

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  8. Delilah grabs the flowers

    For the second stage in three days, Mark Cavendish is up on the top step of the podium with his children. His daughter Delilah grabs the bouquet of flowers.

    And there's a hearty congratulations from Bernard Hinault. Nice touch that.

  9. Post update

  10. Cav talks, we listen

    "I know when I win and lose a photo finish and i thought i had it but I still had to wait. 

    "It was so hairy in the finish but we planned it and I knew I had to come from behind. I wanted to be behind Greipel. After I didn't win the first stage last year I was anxious, a bit like Andre today. 

    "The guys were phenomenal again. Bernie Eisel and Mark Renshaw did a fantastic job."

  11. Sagan stays in yellow

    I don't know about you but I'm looking forward to Mark Cavendish's interview and hopefully we'll get to see Bernard Hinault hand over his stage-winning prize.

    Peter Sagan will stay in the yellow jersey after finishing fourth.

  12. The top 5

    1. Mark Cavendish 2. Andre Greipel 3. Bryan Coquard 4. Peter Sagan 5. Edward Theuns  

  13. How close?

    This close.

  14. Post update

  15. Chapeau Cav

    A big smile erupts across his face. That is 28 Tour de France stage wins for Mark Cavendish. He has equalled Bernard Hinault's tally of 28.

    Only Eddy Merckx has won more. That is staggering. So staggering I'm going to repeat it.

      That is 28 Tour de France stage wins for Mark Cavendish.  

  16. CAV WINS!

    MARK CAVENDISH WINS STAGE THREE OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE

  17. Still waiting...

    Wow. I've never seen a race as close as that. We are still waiting for official confirmation. Cav is surrounded by dozens of people but nobody knows for sure. He's looking around. And suddenly the result comes in...

  18. Cav lunge to perfection

    We're taking another look at this. Cavendish's wheel looks like it crosses the line about 5 milimetres ahead of Greipel.

    Did the Manxman time his lunge to absolute perfection.

  19. Photo finish

    Cavendish does not know. Greipel punched the air but I think Cav has got this

  20. It's close

    Everyone safely round the final bend. Greipel opens up. But here comes Cav