Briton Mark Cavendish claimed his third win of this year's Tour de France after outsprinting Norway's Thor Hushovd on the 10th stage, a 194.5-km ride from Limoges to Issoudun on Tuesday.
American Tyler Farrer was third while Italy's Rinaldo Nocentini retained the overall leader's yellow jersey.
Organisers ASO and the International Cycling Union (UCI), had banned all communications between sports directors and their riders for the stage in order to spice up the race.
The quartet built an advantage of over three minutes before the peloton chased them down with just under two kilometres to go.
Cavendish was then perfectly set up by his Team Columbia team mates and did not look back when he accelerated some 300 metres from the line.