Saturday July 5th, 2014

Stage 1Leeds / Harrogate

Start 12h00 (Local time)

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Stage summary05.07.2014

Kittel does it again

Just like in 2013, Marcel Kittel won stage 1 of the Tour de France as he avoided the chaos. The dream in yellow of hot favorite Mark Cavendish ended with a nasty crash 300 metres before the finish in Harrogate. The Brit took Simon Gerrans down, making the ambitions of the Australian to ride in yellow again after stage 2 a much more complicated task. On the other hand, Peter Sagan's quest of the green jersey started on a high note with a second place.

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News from the sick bay…05.07.2014

Dislocated collarbone for Cavendish

The Tour de France medical service said on Saturday evening that checks Mark Cavendish revealed a «right shoulder trauma» described as a «dislocation between the collarbone and the acromion». 

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In a Grand Depart without a time trial, many believed Fabian Cancellara had come to Yorkshire with the only ambition of saving strength for the 5th stage...

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"When I took the breakaway, I told myself the first climb would be a test to know if I was able to fight against the two other riders. I realized I wasn't fresh enough for sprinting, so I chose to go away on my own because it was my only chance to get the polka dot jersey. My body suffered all the way but I had in mind the reward I'd be getting at the end, that's how I managed to hold on. At my age, I might lack the necessary speed for sprinting but my desire to do great things is still...

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Standing by the Omega Pharma Quick Step bus as Mark Cavendish was taken to hsopital for checks, team manager Patrick Lefevere explained the circumstances of the crash.

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"I started my sprint maybe too early but Kittel was too strong for me anyway. He beat me by the length of one bike. I'm happy with my result today. I've avoided crashing and I've scored points. The crash happened behind me, I didn't realize anything. It's sad but it's part of cycling, especially at the Tour de France. The public at the Tour de France is incredible but also dangerous, I wish people paid more attention… Now I have the white jersey, tomorrow the yellow? Whatever happens...

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"It was so hard! The hill in the last kilometer made it very difficult to win. There were so many people that we rode the finale like in a tunnel with a terrible noise. It's unbelievable that I win stage 1 again. I had good legs today and my guys did an excellent job. Our plan was to control the race with the other sprinters' teams. This yellow jersey is for my team-mates. They were completely dedicated to that one goal. It's a big big relief to pay them back with a win. I knew from last...

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Off the bus quotes05.07.2014

Keen to start at last

Excitement was obvious this morning at the start of stage 1 in Leeds...

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The of the town05.07.2014

And in the end, the Germans win...

 With 43 French riders and ten Germans, no wonder that the Village buzz in the morning was as much about football than cycling...

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Sporting stakes04.07.2014

A sprinter's dream in yellow

For the second year in a row, the Tour de France doesn't start with a prologue. The first yellow jersey will be presented by the Duchess of Cambridge at the end of 190.5km long stage. Three categorized climbs are on the menu: Cray (cat. 4 at km 68), Buttertubs (cat. 3 at 103.5), Grinton Moor (129.5). Therefore, the first jersey up for grab will be the polka dot, but it's highly likely that a breakaway won't be able to prevent the sprinters' teams from bringing the peloton back together...

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Orica Greenedge were certainly the best team of the start of the Tour a year ago when they won the team time trial and helped Simon Gerrans collect the yellow jersey in stage 4...

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He has not turned 23 and yet Arnaud Démare is one of the men to watch out for in a case of a bunch sprint in the first English stages of this Tour de France...

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See you at XXX km04.07.2014

At km 168.5 - In Wonderland

Is the Tour de France cycling Wonderland ? The question can be raised when the peloton rides faster than a white rabbit in a waistcoat past the Ripon Cathedral at kilometre 168.5...

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Thierry Gouvenou's view05.05.2014

A British rider's dream

The Tour de France will kick off with a road stage instead of a prologue, like in 2013, when its Corsican adventure started with Marcel Kittel pulling on the yellow jersey everyone expected to see on Mark Cavendish's back. The British sprinter is already plotting revenge. First of all, because the Grand Start will take place in Great Britain, on his home turf and in front of his home crowds. Second, because the stage finishes a stone's throw away from where his mother used to live. And...

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