Tour de France: Why Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and other sprinters had a premature end to 2018 race
How can established pros and multiple stage winners like Cavendish not be able to finish within the time limit? Here's why:
A look at how the 2017 edition of the gruelling Tour de France panned out after Chris Froome clinched yet another victory:
Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome wins his fourth title, Dylan Groenewegen claims maiden win in Stage 21
Chris Froome secured his fourth Tour de France title at the end of the 21st and final stage won by Dylan Groenewegen on Sunday and said it was a huge honour to be amongst cycling's greats.
Arms over each other's shoulders, linked together in a long line of happiness, Tour de France winner Chris Froome and his teammates pedaled slowly over the finish line
Greipel, of the Lotto-Belisol team, beat Slovakian Peter Sagan and fellow German Marcel Kittel at the end of a 176.5-km ride from Aix-en-Provence.
Cavendish fell off his bike in a big pile-up with less than three km left and crossed the line long after Greipel had outsprinted Italian Alessandro Petacchi.