Germany’s Marcel Kittel celebrated his second stage win of the Tour de France on Tuesday after the Argos-Shimano rider triumphed in a lively bunch sprint to the line in Saint-Malo.
Stage ten of the race took the peloton over 197 kilometres of through the Brittany countryside.
The day’s ride was animated by a five-man escape which were caught with 6 kilometres to go as well as a high-speed crash in the twisty run-in to the line.
Mark Cavendish fell out of contention for the win after bouncing into Tom Veelers, who astonishingly was the only one to hit the deck in the middle of the bunch.
Out in front, however, Kittel outsprinted fellow German Andre Greipel to take his second win of the 100th edition of cycling’s most prestigious race.
Despite the high-speed collision Britain’s Cavendish did manage get himself back on track to round off the podium in third place in front of Slovakian sprint rival Peter Sagan.
Surprisingly Veelers escaped without serious injury.
Team Sky’s Chris Froome crossed over safely in the pack to retain the leader’s yellow jersey one minute and 25 seconds clear of Spaniard Alejandro Valverde.
Froome will now look to inflict some damage on his overall rivals in Wednesday’s 33km individual time trial to Mont-Saint-Michel.