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SAINT-MALO, France – Team Argos-Shimano rider Marcel Kittel of Germany won Tuesday’s 10th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish and Sky Procycling’s Chris Froome of Britain avoided a late crash to retain the leader’s yellow jersey.

Kittel held off countryman Andre Greipel of the Lotto-Beilsol team and Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider Mark Cavendish of Britain in a dash to the line to win his second stage of the Tour. Cavendish nudged Dutchman Tom Veelers, Kittel’s teammate, off his bike as they sprinted for home.

“He touched my handlebars and knocked me over,” Veelers, who was not seriously injured, said of Cavendish.

Cavendish was adamant the contact wasn’t deliberate. He lost his temper with an Associated Press reporter who asked if he was at fault, grabbing his voice recorder.

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Froome was at a reasonably safe distance behind the collision, much to his relief.

“Fortunately I was to the side of that crash and went around it, no problem,” Froome recalled.


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