2014 Tour de France

Tour de France 2014: Stage 3 Winner, Results and Updated Leaderboard Standings

A teammate, rear right, celebrates as Germany's sprinter Marcel Kittel, front left, crosses the finish line to win the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 155 kilometers (96.3 miles) with start in Cambridge and finish in London, England, Monday, July 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2014

Marcel Kittel took his second stage win of the 2014 Tour de France as he won a sprint finish down the Mall in London on Monday.     

The third stage of the Tour—the last in England after the previous two Yorkshire-based stages—saw the Giant-Shimano rider beat Cannondale's Peter Sagan into second as Vincenzo Nibali stayed in the yellow jersey by two seconds.

Jan Barta and Jean-Marc Bideau both broke away from the peloton from the start and maintained a healthy gap to the main pack until they were reeled in with under 10 kilometres to go.

A mainly serene stage starting in Cambridge was given an added edge as the rain came down as the riders entered England's capital.

But Kittel looks in serene form and was led out perfectly by his teammates to confirm a second stage win. 

2014 Tour de France Stage 3 Results
PlaceRiderNationalityTeamTime
1Marcel KittelGermanyGiant3:38:30
2Peter SaganSlovakiaCannondale+0
3Mark RenshawAustraliaO.Ph.-Q-Step+0
4Bryan CoquardFranceEuropcar+0
5Alexander KristoffNorwayKatyusha+0
6Danny van PoppelNetherlandsTrek+0
7Heinrich HausslerAustraliaIAM Cycling+0
8Jose Joaquin RojasSpainMovistar+0
9Romain FeilluFranceBretagne+0
10Daniel OssItalyBMC Racing+0
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As with the two previous stages from Leeds to Harrogate and then York to Sheffield, the British public were out in droves as the race started in relaxed fashion for what was predicted to be a fairly no-nonsense sprint stage.

Indeed, the initial breakaway was allowed to stay out as the teams of the top sprinters—the likes of Kittel, Sagan and Lotto Belisol's Andre Greipel—then took up the pace in the knowledge they would eventually reel the leading pair in.

The 115-km stage was largely flat and, unlike Sunday's stage, the main contenders for the yellow jersey were content to sit with the main pack, feeling no need to mount any attacks.

As the race entered London, the peloton inevitably wiped out the gap to the leaders, and Giant-Shimano led off an early dash to the finish.

Kittel was sent on his way and proved too much for Sagan—despite the Slovak locking on to his back wheel—while Omega Pharma-Quick Step's Mark Renshaw completed the podium.

2014 Tour de France Point Classification
PlaceRiderTeamPoints
1Peter SaganCannondale117
2Marcel KittelGiant90
3Bryan CoquardEuropcar88
4Alexander KristoffKatusha47
5Greg Van AvermaetBMC Racing40
6Ramunas NavardauskasGarmin38
7Vincenzo NibaliAstana30
8Jose Joaquin RojasMovistar30
9Mark RenshawOmega30
10Michael AlbasiniGreenEdge29
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Sagan stays in the green jersey but Kittel commented post-race about the support and the pace on the sprint finish per ITV4, via BBC Sport:

"That is the fastest I think I have been on a sprint finish. The crowd was fantastic."

2014 Tour de France General Classification
PlaceRiderTeamTime
1Vincenzo NibaliAstana13:31:13
2Peter SaganCannondale+2 secs
3Michael AlbasiniGreenEdgeSame Time
4Greg Van AvermaetBMC Racingst
5Chris FroomeSkyst
6Bauke MollemaBelkinst
7Alberto ContadorTinkoff - Saxost
8Alejandro ValverdeMovistarst
9Jurgen Van den BroeckLottost
10Romain BardetAG2Rst
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Nibali maintained his two-second lead in the general classification by finishing in the main pack along with other yellow-jersey contenders Chris Froome and Alberto Contador, who finished safely.

2014 Tour de France Mountain Classification
PlaceRiderTeamPoints
1Cyril LeMoineCofidis6
2Blel KadriLa Mondiale5
3Jens VoigtTrek4
4Nicolas EdetCofidis4
5Pierre RollandEuropcar2
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After three stages in England, the race moves on to France for Stage 4, a fairly hilly but not overly challenging 163.5-km stage ahead of the cobbled treachery of Stage 5 on Wednesday.

It should offer another opportunity for the sprinters to take a stage win, and on this performance it looks as though Kittel is the man to beat—especially with Mark Cavendish out of the race.

Kittel's victory tops off a wonderful opening three days in England. The riders now cross the channel as the race moves forward and gets ever more competitive.  

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