Cycling: Marcel Kittel, leader of the points classification, abandons Tour de France

Quick Step Floors team rider Marcel Kittel of Germany celebrates on the podium retaining the best sprinter's green jersey following the 16th stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 165 km between Le Puy-en-Velay and Romans-
Quick Step Floors team rider Marcel Kittel of Germany celebrates on the podium retaining the best sprinter's green jersey following the 16th stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 165 km between Le Puy-en-Velay and Romans-sur-Isere, France on July 18, 2017.PHOTO: EPA

SERRE-CHEVALIER, France (Reuters) - German sprinter Marcel Kittel abandoned the Tour de France during the 17th stage, a 183-km ride from La Mure on Wednesday.

Kittel, who was wearing the green jersey as leader of the points classification, crashed early in the stage and was dropped in the first climb of the day.

The Quick-Step Floors rider won five stages in this year's Tour.

Australian Michael Matthews is the new leader in the points classification.