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Kittel wins clash of sprint stars at the Tour de France

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Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) claimed his 10th Tour de France victory when he won the second stage on Sunday. Arnaud Demare (FDJ) took second place with Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) third.

Reigning champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) suffered a scare on the 203.5km second stage from Dusseldorf, crashing 30km from the end but he got up to finish safely in the peloton, alongside race leader and teammate Geraint Thomas.

“I dont know what to say … It was an incredible start in Germany with so many people,” said an emotional Kittel after the stage win — his first while riding a disc-brake equipped road bike. “Great! I’m super happy, super proud because it was for me a very special win today after we had the Grand Depart in Germany.”

But the main drama happened 30km from the finish as the peloton chased down a four-man breakaway.

A rider from the Katusha team trying to set up Alexander Kristoff for the finish slipped on a wet bend and crashed, taking down around 15-20 riders.

Froome and yellow jersey wearer Thomas were among them, with the champion suffering cuts to his lower back and seeing his shorts shredded.

He got back on his bicycle to chase the peloton but was forced into a bike change before finally latching back onto the pack with 20km left.

Thomas seemed unscathed and maintained his five-second lead over Swiss Stefan Küng, although Kittel, who hit 69.19 km/h in the sprint finish according to official Tour data, is now up to third overall at 6 seconds after taking a 10-second time bonus on the line.

Tour de France 2017 – stage 2 results (Düsseldorf – Liège):

1Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors)

4:37:06

2Arnaud Demare (FDJ)

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3André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)

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4Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data)

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5Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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6Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida)

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7Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates)

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8Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)

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9Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

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10Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

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11Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

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12Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

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13John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo)

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14Daniel McLay (Fortuneo – Oscaro)

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15Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin)

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16Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors)

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17Dion Smith (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

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18Angelo Tulik (Direct Energie)

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19Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)

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20Alexey Lutsenko (Astana)

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