Tour de France sprinters denied battle on stage one due to crashes

Tony Martin and Tony Gallopin crash, Tour de France 2013, stage one

The Tour de France's sprinters were denied match up in day one due to a series of crashes and mishaps today on the roads to Bastia. Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) won the stage, leaving Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) unable to fulfil his dream of wearing the yellow jersey.

"I didn't crash. The guy behind me crashed," Cavendish said, remarking on a crash at four kilometres out.

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