Marcel Kittel sprints to Tour of California stage one victory ahead of Peter Sagan

The German was unmatched in power and takes the overall lead after stage one

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Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step) displayed is trademark sprinting power in Sacremento on Sunday, taking the first stage of the Tour of California and the race's overall lead.

The German out-sprinted a stellar field of fast-men in the flat opening stage of the now WorldTour level race, beating world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) to the line.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).