Dario Cataldo

Marcel Kittel wins crash-marred Tour de France Stage 11, overall leader Chris Froome stays safe

Marcel Kittel wins crash-marred Tour de France Stage 11, overall leader Chris Froome stays safe

Ahead of two grueling days filled with some truly punishing ascents, the main contenders on the Tour de France were all hoping that Wednesday would be a nice, relaxed day on the bike.

That didn't happen.

Instead of what riders call a “transition” day, with a comfortable run to the gateway to the Pyrenees mountains, Stage 11 proved to be a brutal experience for some of the top riders after a series of crashes left them nursing cuts and bruises.

When crosswinds started making the bunch nervous toward the end of the 126-mile stage from Eymet to Pau, the stress became palpable and led to several crashes at the back of the peloton.

German sprinter Marcel Kittel...

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