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MAR­CEL KIT­TEL won stage 10 of the Tour de France in Saint-Malo af­ter Mark Cavendish was in­volved in a col­li­sion dur­ing the sprint to the line.

Kit­tel broke in the fi­nal few me­tres to pip An­dre Greipel over the line, while Cavendish crossed in third hav­ing sat up in the fi­nal few me­tres.

The Manx­man had been well placed when the sprint be­gan but then clashed with Kit­tel’s lead-out man Tom Veel­ers, send­ing the Dutch­man crash­ing to the floor.

Al­though Cavendish re­mained up­right, his rhythm had been lost and he gave up the chase, shak­ing his head as he crossed the line. That’s an­other chance gone for him to win a 25th Tour stage and move level with An­dre Le­ducq in third­place on the all-time list.

The re­sult was a big dis­ap­point­ment for an army of Bri­tish fans who had crossed the chan­nel to watch the fin­ish in Saint-Malo, in­clud­ing a group of school chil­dren from his na­tive Isle of Man.

This only con­tin­ues Cavendish’s frus­trat­ing Tour to date.

Al­though he won stage five in Mar­seille, his hopes of wear­ing the yel­low jersey on the open­ing day were ended by the chaos caused when Orica GreenEdge’s team bus jammed un­der the fin­ish line, while he also crashed on stage six and was beaten in the sprint fin­ish.

The tum­bling Veel­ers caused alarm in the fast mov­ing pelo­ton but Chris Froome made it safely through and the Team Sky man re­tains the yel­low jersey.

It re­mained to be seen if there would be any reper­cus­sions from Cavendish’s col­li­sion with Veel­ers.

Cavendish looked to cut across the Dutch­man and give him a nudge, but only af­ter Veel­ers had moved across the road in front of him.

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