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Kittel Rules the Sprints - Schleck Goes Home
9 Jul, 2014

Marcel Kittel romped home in dominating fashion to claim the coveted Tour de France stage three finish into London.  The German lead by his powerful Giant-Shimano team were all over the competition as the other teams struggled to match the horsepower of the Dutch unit.
Jan Barta of the Net App Endura team lead a brave breakaway attempt through the London streets as the last surviving member of the duo that had escaped during km one of the day, the Czech Republic time trial champion showed great strength and spirit in not giving up and was close to pulling off an upset as the conditions worsened and the streets turned slick with rain.

No change upfront with Nibali and Astana defending on a day that was never going to bring any upsets from the contenders, Peter Sagan increased his lead in the Green Jersey coming home in second place as the Cannondale rider is looking to make it Green Jersey number three.

The unlucky Andy Schleck took a tumbled but was back up relatively quickly and finished the stage.  The Luxembourger must have been harbouring some injuries as he failed to make the start for stage fourfuther adding to his terrible season with Trek Factory Racing.  It is both disappointing for him and the fans as the popular climber was once a tour great and that was just two years ago.  Leaving the fold of Bjarne Riis and Saxo Bank was a pivotal moment for him and one that has to be regretted.

 

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