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Kittel avoids crash, wins Tour’s first stage

Tour de France

Germany’s sprinter Marcel Kittel crosses the finish line ahead of Peter Sagan of Slovakia, right, to win the first stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate, England, on Saturday.

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HARROGATE, England — Mark Cavendish went down in a late crash. Marcel Kittel’s hands went up in victory. And British royals who turned out for the Tour de France debut in England witnessed new signs of a changing of the guard among two of the world’s top sprinters.
For many British fans, with cycling’s greatest race making a rare start in England on Saturday, Stage 1 wasn’t supposed to end this way: They wanted British speedster Cavendish to get his first race leader’s yellow jersey and 26th career Tour stage win after the 190.5-kilometer (118-mile ...

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