With two victories in the first three days of the Tour, Marcel Kittel already looks unstoppable.
As Buckingham Palace loomed behind him, he had the strength and confidence to lead out the sprint finish of the Tourâ€™s third stage from 250 metres out and sped up the middle of the Mall, constantly looking underneath and back, as if inviting Peter Sagan, Mark Renshaw and Bryan Coquard to try to emerge from his slipstream and attempt to come past him.
They stood no chance as the slightly downhill finish favoured whoever launched his effort first and Kittel was perfectly delivered by his Giant-Shimano team, the most cohesive in the final kilometres this year. Sagan â€“ fastest of the also-rans â€“ finished almost two bike lengths behind.
The Slovak wears the green jersey, awarded to the most consistent rider in the race, but he is not the fastest man in the race, and that by some margin.