Three out of Four for Kittel

Kittel wins stage 4

The stage 4 sprint: Germany’s Marcel Kittel (left), Slovakia’s Peter Sagan (center), and France’s Alexander Kristoff (right).

By a nose! Germany’s Marcel Kittel squeaked past a gaggle of sprinters and won today’s stage of the Tour de France, winning three out of four stages in this year’s race. Kittel admits it was one of the more difficult victories.

“Today we saw that we are not unbeatable and that we have to have a plan,” Kittel said.

Stage 4 photo finish

Photo finish showing Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) just ahead of Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and French champion Arnaud Demare (FDJ).

handshakeSuper uber good sport Marcel Kittel gives Peter Sagan (Cannondale) a handshake for holding onto the green sprint leader’s jersey.

voecklerThe back of Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) on the flat roads of Western France.

Chapeau to Thomas Voeckler who raced a good portion of the 101 miles from Le Touquet to Lille in a solo breakaway. The peloton caught Voeckler about eight miles from the finish line, but what a example of courage. The Frenchman would not surrender!

Andy Schleck

Andy Schleck (Trek) at the start of yesterday’s stage 3.

Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck, one of the top contenders, did not start today’s stage following a fall yesterday where he hurt his knee.

“My knee is too damaged from the crash. This is a huge blow for me,” Schleck tweeted.

nibali in yellowItaly’s Vicenzo Nibali (Astana) is still in the yellow leader’s jersey for a third day.

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