Germany’s Marcel Kittel won his second stage of the Tour in a sketchy ending to the 122-mile flat race along France’s northern coast. As the sprinters surged through the final turn, Kittel’s Argo-Shimano teammate Tom Veelers crashed after bumping into Mark Cavendish. Amazingly, Veelers was the only rider to go down and he was not badly hurt.
“It was a high speed crash and I hope he’s okay,” Kittel said. “It was a bit up and down for that one minute. I’m so happy we have such a successful tour. Happy with my boys. I’m looking forward to the next flat stages.”
Just before the crash, Cavendish came around the right side of Veelers, who looked like he swerved a bit because of the bend in the road. Cav leaned in and used his shoulder to stay upright. Veelers hit pavement and Cav lost a second or two in the sprint, ending up third behind Andre Greipel in second place. Peter Sagan, who was really nowhere to be seen in the last 300 meters, somehow ended up fourth. A day for the sprinters done. No change in the overall classification: Sky’s Chris Froome is still in yellow. Tomorrow is the individual time trial, a test of each man against the clock.