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by Neal Rogers
July 3, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Marcel Kittel wins Stage 2 field sprint in Liège, Thomas stays in maillot jaune; Hannah Barnes wins Stage 3 sprint at Giro Rosa; van der Breggen retains GC lead; Durbridge abandons Tour de France due to ankle injury from Stage 1 crash; Successful surgery for Valverde, recovery to take months; Nightmare Grand Départ for Tony Gallopin: House robbed, car stolen, TT crash; Viviani could leave Sky before Vuelta a España.
Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) took victory on Stage 2 of the Tour de France in Liège, Belgium. The German sprinter was quickest to the line, besting Arnaud Démare (FDJ) and André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) in a hectic bunch gallop.
Though the victory marks Kittel’s tenth Tour de France stage win, emotions ran high after he crossed the line, as the German sobbed, his head in his hands.
“I don’t know what to say, I am so happy to get this victory,” Kittel said. “It was incredible to start in Germany, there were so many people cheering. It would be wrong to say I had no expectations or no pressure today. I really wanted to have this win. It was for me a big goal to start in Germany and win at the end of this stage.”
At 30 km to go, a crash at the front of the field was caused when a Katusha-Alpecin rider, sitting fourth wheel, lost grip through a wet roundabout. Those affected included Romain Bardet (AG2R) and Chris Froome (Sky), the top two finishers of last year’s Tour, though both men finished.
Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) retained yellow after the stage, with Kittel taking green as points classification leader.
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