Kittel wins Tour stage; Froome keeps lead 

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  • Marcel Kittel, right, of Germany beats second-place finisher Andre Greipe to the finish line.

SAINT-MALO, France — Germany’s Marcel Kittel won Tuesday’s 10th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish and Chris Froome stayed out of trouble to keep the leader’s yellow jersey.

Kittel held off countryman Andre Greipel and Mark Cavendish in a dash to the line to win his second stage of the Tour. Cavendish nudged Dutchman Tom Veelers off his bike as they sprinted for home.

“I touched him. The road was bearing left,” Cavendish said. “Yeah, it was my fault. ... I hope he’s OK.”

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

“That’s everyone’s worst nightmare. Fortunately I was to the side of that crash and went around it no problem,” Froome said.

Kittel won the opening stage and is now the first rider to capture two stages in this year’s race.

Veelers was not seriously harmed and was later able to answer questions outside the team bus.

“I had the feeling Cavendish was boxed in my wheel,” Veelers said. “He touched my handlebars and knocked me over.”

Peter Sagan, who won the green jersey for best sprinter in last year’s Tour, finished the stage in fourth. The Slovak holds a commanding 83-point lead over Greipel and is 103 in front of archrival Cavendish, who won the green jersey in 2011.

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