Marcel Kittel tearful after sprint end to claim Tour stage win — Cycling

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Froome crashed, but the story had a very different ending. Primary school children from SingPause of the Düsseldorf Matthias-Claudius school sang the European anthem with two sopranos.

After the delay caused by the crash, they were reeled in with barely a kilometre to go as the lead-out trains set up the sprint.

Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) took victory on Stage 2 of the Tour de France in Liège, Belgium. "That's the nature of the race", Froome told reporters afterwards.

"On the basis of the regulations, I did not have a legal reason to prohibit this equipment", he said in comments reported by L'Equipe. Inside, another article showed Geraint Thomas and a caption over the photograph, "Sky accusée de tricherie" or "Sky accused of cheating".

We would also see the first breakaway, usually a small one, and all the wild card teams would be looking to fly their banners.

Froome said his own strong showing was no surprise. "There was definitely a time where not so many spectators were standing next to the road". The UCI outlawed the camper, saying riders must sleep in the hotels arranged by the organiser. Just lost a bit of skin from my backside. "It's more than a two-horse race". Asked by one reporter, Thomas snapped back: "You can borrow it if you want, see what time you do".

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"He always approaches the Tour perfectly, it's a race he's been brilliant at in the past, and I'm sure he'll be at 100% condition in July".

Meanwhile, three-time champion Chris Froome had to work hard to catch up with the main pack after falling to the pavement amid a mass crash on a wet corner. This is particularly significant as this year's route is particularly lean of opportunities and every second is going to count. Through interviews with the team captains and other cyclists, the spectators learned details about the teams and got an insight into their chances in the legendary French Tour 2017.

Bora-hansgrohe dropped world champion Peter Sagan at the front, but the Slovakian was unwilling to lead the sprint out as Andre Greipel opened up his acceleration from behind.

German Marcel Kittel broke down in tears after winning his 10th Tour de France stage in Liege on Sunday.

"He had glandular fever earlier in the year and is still not really anywhere near peak condition". With rain pelting down it made for anxious watching. The descent from Mont du Chat to Chambery could prove decisive in the final reckoning. "It wasn't the best time trial for me", Porte said.

"The image of cycling and also the way people see it now has changed". In 261 NHL games with the Capitals, he has 182 points on 53 goals and 129 assists, and he led the team in points in 2015-2016. Janse van Rensburg came in at 132nd and Venter at 175th.

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