Tour de France: Kittel left empty-handed in Angers

Stage 3 of the Tour de France was the third missed opportunity for the Etixx-QuickStep team to win in a stage that suited their abilities. After Marcel Kittel finished as runner-up behind Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) in a bunch sprint on stage 1, Julian Alaphilippe fell just short of winning the uphill sprint from World champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) on stage 2. During the long third stage from Granville to Angers it was Cavendish who won again while Kittel was positioned way too far to be a factor. He finished seventh.

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