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Kittel Storms to Tour de France Yellow Jersey
30 Jun, 2013

German sprinter Marcel Kittel has taken his first ever Tour de France Stage victory and with it the coveted yellow jersey. In a stage marred with crashes in the closing stages many of the races fastest finishers had been left in the pile ups at the side of the road. With Cavendish, Sagan and Greipel all left in the wreckage the golden opportunity was left to the "other" German and his Argos-Shimano team and they timed it perfectly.

For Kiwi fans it was an opportunity to see Greg Henderson in action at the front of the peloton as they raced into the finish, with his team captain Andre Greipel taken out first by a crash and then with a puncture the Dunedin fast man raced home to seventh place.

Jack Bauer riding his first Tour de France for his Garmin-SHARP team was at the aid of his team leader and GC hopeful Ryder Hesjedal, the lanky Canadian was taken out in the second of the two crashes and had to be paced to the finish line.

In an act of fairness the race commissaries announced all riders involved in the crashes would finish in the same time as the leaders. This was especially good news for Spanish hope Alberto Contador who crashed heavily and was surrounded by his team mates.

To cap off the dramatic stage the Orica-GreenEdge team bus had managed to wedge itself under the finish tower and was completely blocking the finish line. In a last minute attempt to get it free the organisers managed to reverse it clear and steer it into the compound making the route clear for the riders.

 

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