Philippe Gilbert

Marcel Kittel wins second stage of the Tour de France; Geraint Thomas has overall lead

Marcel Kittel wins second stage of the Tour de France; Geraint Thomas has overall lead

Germany's Marcel Kittel met expectations and won the second stage of the Tour de France with a commanding sprint finish Sunday while three-time champion Chris Froome didn't lose any time despite falling to the pavement amid a mass crash on a wet corner.

Froome's Sky teammate Geraint Thomas held on to the leader's yellow jersey.

Froome was near the front of the peloton when a Katusha rider ahead of him lost control coming around a sharp turn with about 20 miles to go. The domino reaction also took down last year's runner-up, Romain Bardet.

Froome's shorts and several layers of skin were torn and he had to change bikes as three teammates paced him back to the peloton....

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