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Cycling: Sprint king Kittel wins Tour de France stage 3

Published on Jul 8, 2014 12:00 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Marcel Kittel emphasised his status as the best sprinter in the world by winning Monday's third stage of the Tour de France in a bunch finish at Buckingham Palace, London.

The 26-year-old German won his second stage out of three at this year's Grand Boucle as he proved too strong for the competition down the final straight.

Without former world champion and 25-time Tour stage winner Mark Cavendish for competition, Kittel looked in a class of his own.

Cavendish crashed on the finish to the first stage in Harrogate on Saturday and dislocated his collar-bone, withdrawing from the race before the start of Sunday's second stage from York.

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