HARROGATE, England – Mark Cavendish went down in a late crash he said was his fault and suffered a separated right shoulder. Marcel Kittel’s hands went up in victory. And British royals who turned out for the Tour de France debut in England witnessed signs of a changing of the guard among two of the world’s top sprinters.
For many British fans, with cycling’s greatest race making a rare start in England on Saturday, the first stage wasn’t supposed to end this way: They wanted Briton Cavendish to get his 26th career Tour stage victory in the 118.3-mile ride through Yorkshire countryside.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, handed the yellow jersey to German Kittel — and she, husband Prince William and Prince Harry flanked him on the podium.