Kittel Takes Third Tour de France Stage
Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) has won his third stage of this year’s Tour de France. Kittel took a crash-marred bunch sprint to win Stage 12, a flat, 218-km run from Fougeres to Tours in 4:49:49. Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) finished second, and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) finished third. Chris Froome (Sky) remains the yellow jersey.
in a straightforward sprint. In the final 200m I was able to sit on his wheel. We started the sprint together, and I had the best punch at the end.
“We’ve done a good job so far, and I’m proud to know that I can beat the world’s best. Before the Tour we knew the team worked and we had prepared well, but when everything falls into place like this it is incredible. We’ve been working a long time for this, so these three wins are a big reward.”
In the overall, Froome leads Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) by 3:25 and Bauke Mollema (Belkin) by 3:37. Stage 13 will give the sprinters another opportunity to shine. The flat, 173-km run from Tours to Saint-Amand-Montrond should see Cavendish, Kittel, Greipel, and Sagan battle for victory. Who will win? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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