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Tour of Britain: Cavendish edged by Kittel as Van Baarle wins title

Mark Cavendish lost out by inches to Marcel Kittel in a sprint finish on the final stage of the Tour of Britain, as Dylan van Baarle won the overall race.

Van Baarle took the leader’s yellow jersey on Saturday’s seventh stageand retained his lead after Sunday’s time trial, won by Sir Bradley Wiggins.

The Dutch Garmin-Sharp rider then finished safely in the peloton on the final stage to win by 10 seconds.

Michal Kwiatkowski was second overall and defending champion Wiggins third.

The 2012 Tour de France winner was a further 12 seconds back, having moved up from seventh after the time trial, which was the first of Sunday’s two stages in central London.

An early five-man breakaway formed on the final stage – over 10 laps of the 8.8km circuit used earlier for the time trial – but they were caught with 5.5km left as the sprinters’ teams fought for position ahead of a hectic dash for the line.

It pitted Kittel against Cavendish on Whitehall and just as it looked like the Manxman had edged ahead, the German came back to pip him on the line for yet another win on British and Irish soil in 2014.

It means he has won Giro d’Italia stages in Belfast and Dublin, Tour de France stages in Harrogate and London and Tour of Britain stages in Liverpool and London.

“It’s nice to finish the Tour in the centre of London,” said Cavendish.

“Bradley won this morning and I’d like to have won this afternoon.”

Van Baarle was rewarded for his decisive move in Saturday’s stage to record the biggest win of his career.

“I was expecting top 10. It means a lot,” he said. “I will remember this day my whole life.”

Wiggins was happy with his efforts over the week, ahead of the Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, which begin on 21 September.

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Tour of Britain: Kittel wins Stage 1

Marcel Kittel wins Stage 1 with a trademark sprint kick

Marcel Kittel emerged triumphant from a thrilling sprint finish to the first stage of the Tour of Britain on Sunday, with Mark Cavendish crossing the line in third place.

Germany’s Kittel (Giant-Shimano) completed the Liverpool stage in two hours, 16 minutes and 35 seconds, just ahead of second-placed Italian Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani-CSF) and Briton Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), who is still recovering from shoulder surgery following his Tour de France-ending crash.

American Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) was fourth, with another home favourite in Ben Swift coming fifth.

Swift’s compatriot, Team Sky colleague and defending champion Sir Bradley Wiggins, was safely within the peloton, finishing 74th.

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Tour de France : S21 : Vincenzo Nibali completes race victory

Vincenzo Nibali won the 101st edition of the Tour de France as he finished the final stage on the Champs-Elysees in Paris safely in the peloton.

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The Italian is the sixth man to win all three Grand Tours – the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana.

His winning margin of seven minutes 37 seconds over Jean-Christophe Peraud in second is the biggest since Jan Ullrich won by more than nine minutes in 1997.

Germany’s Marcel Kittel won Sunday’s traditional final-stage sprint finish.

The Giant-Shimano rider outsprinted Norway’s Alexander Kristoff to win his fourth stage of this year’s Tour, with Garmin-Sharp’s Lithuanian Ramunas Navardauskas in third.

For Nibali, the 21st and final stage was all about reaching the finish safely because Tour tradition dictates that the leader going into the final stage should not be challenged.

The 29-year-old Astana rider dominated the Tour from the moment he took the race lead on stage two in Sheffield and wore the race leader’s yellow jersey for 18 of the race’s 21 days.

He is the first Italian winner of the race since Marco Pantani in 1998.

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Tour de France : S4 : King Kittel Takes Third Win in Four Days

Marcel Kittel won a third Tour de France stage in four attempts and Chris Froome suffered a crash as the 101st edition of the race resumed in northern France on Tuesday.

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There was drama early on the 163.5km stage from Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Lille as defending champion Froome went down after six kilometres.

And the finish produced a familiar winner as Kittel (Giant-Shimano) out-sprinted Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Arnaud Demare (FDJ) to add to his wins in Harrogate and London.

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was 24th to retain the race leader’s yellow jersey.

Froome finished 42nd on the stage, slipping from fifth to seventh overall ahead of a challenging fifth stage which will commemorate 100 years since the start of World War One.

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Tour de France : S3 : Marcel Kittel Reigns at Buckingham Palace

With two victories in the first three days of the Tour, Marcel Kittel already looks unstoppable.

Marcel Kittel waits to pounce on the sprint for the finish at the Mall in London

As Buckingham Palace loomed behind him, he had the strength and confidence to lead out the sprint finish of the Tour’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 – fastest of the also-rans – 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.

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Tour de France : S1 : Kittel Wins As Cavendish Crashes Out

Mark Cavendish’s bid for the yellow jersey ended in a heap as the Manxman tumbled to the tarmac in a dramatic conclusion to the opening stage of the 101st Tour de France in Harrogate.

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Cavendish was bidding for a 26th Tour stage win of his career in his mother’s home town and a first yellow jersey, but collided with Australian Simon Gerrans in the final 500 metres and was seen clutching his shoulder and midrift as he rolled over the line.

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) won the 190.5-kilometre opening stage from Leeds to claim the yellow jersey on the opening day for a second successive year.

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