Kittel makes it two stage wins in three days

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 07, 2014 11:33 AM

By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - German Marcel Kittel claimed his second stage victory of the 2014 Tour de France when he comfortably won a bunch sprint on the Mall on Monday.

After winning the opening leg on Saturday the Giant-Shimano rider also prevailed in the third stage, a 155-km ride from Cambridge, by beating Slovakian Peter Sagan.

Australian Mark Renshaw, who took over the Omega Pharma- Quick Step team's sprinting duties after Mark Cavendish crashed out on Saturday, was third.

Italian Vincenzo Nibali finished in the bunch to retain the overall leader's yellow jersey with a two-second advantage.

Frenchman Jean-Marc Bideau and Czech Jan Barta were the day's escapees but they had virtually no chance of winning.

Barta was the last to be caught by the peloton, which was led by Omega Pharma with 5-km to go.

Kittel's team took over three kilometers from the line and the German, who now has six Tour stage wins to his name, finished the job without being threatened.

(Writing by Julien Pretot, editing by Tony Jimenez)