Sport Marcel Kittel abandons Tour de France

19:21  19 july  2017
19:21  19 july  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Tour de France cyclist thanks fans from hospital bed after horrific crash

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Green jersey holder Marcel Kittel has abandoned the Tour de France after crashing during the first climb of Stage 17 in the Alps.

Marcel Kittel has abandoned the Tour de France while wearing the points leader's green jersey. The German crashed heavily early on the mountainous 183 kilometre stage from La Mure to Serre-Chevalier, and climbed off his bike at the top of the Col de la Croix Fer.

SERRE-CHEVALIER, France — Green jersey holder Marcel Kittel has abandoned the Tour de France after crashing during the first climb of Stage 17 in the Alps.

TV footage showed Kittel being treated by the race doctor, with blood dripping on his right leg. The German sprinter won five stages this year.

Kittel, who had already endured a bad day in the previous stage and had his lead in the best sprinter's classification cut to 29 points, crashed after about 20 kilometers Wednesday. He had to change his bike before calling it quits moments later.

Australian rider Michael Matthews is now the favorite to win the green jersey in Paris on Sunday.

Team orders cost me Tour de France podium, says angry Landa .
Team Sky rider Mikel Landa has spoken of his anger at missing out on the Tour de France podium by one second, saying he sacrificed his chances on the Col d'Izoard finish.Spaniard Landa came fourth overall, one second behind France's Romain Bardet, but says team orders meant he lost 12 seconds on the Izoard summit finish last Thursday.

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