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Jul 5, 2014

Kittel first to get his hands on yellow jersey – again

HARROGATE England (Reuters) – Germany’s Marcel Kittel is making a habit of finishing the first day of the Tour de France wearing the leader’s yellow jersey after he again sprinted to victory on Saturday.

The Giant-Shimano team catapulted him to the front in the final 50 metres of the 190.5-km stage and he outpaced Slovakia’s Peter Sagan in a burst to the line.

Jul 5, 2014

Kittel wins first stage as Cavendish crashes

HARROGATE England (Reuters) – German Marcel Kittel powered to victory in the opening stage of the Tour de France on Saturday while Britain’s Mark Cavendish crashed heavily in the final straight.

Kittel, who also won the first stage last year, took the overall leader’s yellow jersey after easily outsprinting Slovakian Peter Sagan and Lithuanian Ramunas Navardauskas.

Jul 5, 2014

Tour de France start gets royal treatment in Yorkshire

HARROGATE England (Reuters) – The 101st Tour de France rolled out of Leeds for the start of the first stage on Saturday with hundreds of thousands of fans lining the route across the Yorkshire Dales to Harrogate.

With Tour fever gripping Yorkshire and the sun out for the 190.5-km opener, Team Sky’s defending champion Chris Froome was roared off as the cream of world cycling left Leeds city center before making their way to the official start at Harewood House.

Jul 4, 2014

Yorkshire turns yellow for Tour’s Grand Depart

LEEDS England (Reuters) – “So Good It’s Coming Twice” boasts the sign on the road into Addingham, a village just a few kilometers of pedaling from Leeds.

This year’s Tour de France, which begins on Saturday morning before spending two days traversing the hills and valleys of the county of Yorkshire, will pass through Addingham, as the sign points out, not once, but twice.

Jul 4, 2014

First five days can wreck Tour hopes: French hope Pinot

LEEDS England (Reuters) – The peloton will breathe a collective sigh of relief if it makes it through the first five days of this year’s Tour de France unscathed, according to French hope Thibaut Pinot.

Race director Christian Prudhomme thinks the opening stage from Leeds to Harrogate through the Yorkshire Dales on Saturday will be the toughest start since the race began in the Pyrenees in the last 1970s.

Jul 4, 2014

Grizzly bear to help Sagan fight for green jersey

LEEDS England (Reuters) – Green jersey hopeful Peter Sagan will have a grizzly bear watching his back in the Tour de France this year.

The Slovakian, expected to battle Britain’s Mark Cavendish for the opening stage win in Harrogate on Saturday, and his eight Cannondale team mates have had their bikes custom-painted with animal motifs or super-heroes.

Jul 4, 2014

Resurgent Contador gunning for Froome

LEEDS England (Reuters) – By his own admission Alberto Contador was not in the same race as Chris Froome on last year’s Tour de France, but the rejuvenated Spaniard will be gunning for the Briton’s yellow jersey when the 2014 race begins on Saturday.

El Pistolero (gunslinger) still managed fourth in the general classification in 2013, but after scoring a psychological victory over the Briton in the recent Criterium du Dauphine he is relishing a fight all the way to Paris.

Jul 3, 2014

Local favorite Cavendish plays down yellow jersey fever

LEEDS England (Reuters) – Sprint king Mark Cavendish has warned that nothing is guaranteed in cycling after being installed as hot favorite to claim the yellow jersey after the opening stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate on Saturday.

The 29-year-old, third on the all-time list for stage wins in the Tour de France, has never worn the leader’s jersey despite enjoying 25 victories that have helped make him a household name.

Jul 3, 2014

Froome says troubles are behind him as Tour start looms

LEEDS England (Reuters) – Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome says the problems that have blighted his season are behind him and he is ready to use the energy of a home Grand Depart as the launch pad to retaining his title.

The Team Sky rider, who became Britain’s second Tour champion last year when he succeeded team mate Bradley Wiggins, has suffered a far from ideal build-up, withdrawing from the Tirreno-Adriatico in March with a lower back injury.

Jul 3, 2014

American Van Garderen emerges from Evans’s shadow

LEEDS England (Reuters) – There will be no hiding place for young American rider Tejay van Garderen when the Tour de France begins in Leeds on Saturday.

The 25-year-old will lead the BMC team in the absence of 2011 winner Cadel Evans as they look to improve on a disappointing showing last year.