Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Pro Sports

July 5, 2014

Kittel wins 1st stage of Tour de France

HARROGATE, England — Marcel Kittel of Germany won the first stage of the Tour de France in a crash-marred bunch sprint in front of royalty in the English countryside on Saturday.

After sprint rival Mark Cavendish fell in a late crash, Kittel won the 190.5-kilometer (118-mile) run along rocky, grassy hills from Leeds to Harrogate. The German raised his arms skyward and cried after he edged Peter Sagan of Slovakia in second, and Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania in third.

England hosts the first three stages of this 101st Tour before riders enter France on Tuesday. In all, the 198 riders are to cover 3,664 kilometers (2,277 miles) of road before the July 27 finish in Paris.

 

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