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Marcel Kittel wins first stage of Tour de France
Marcel Kittel wins first stage of Tour de France

HARROGATE, England -- Marcel Kittel of Germany won the first stage of the Tour de France for a second year in row after a late crash brought down British rival Mark Cavendish in the presence of royals on Saturday. Kittel, who earned four Tour stages last year, won the 118-mile ride in mainly bucolic Yorkshire countryside 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. "I am incredibly proud of this victory," Kittel, a Team Giant-Shimano rider who also won two Giro d'Italia stages in May, said through a translator. "It happened pretty easily. It was...

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