Marcel Kittel claims third Tour de France stage victory

Defending champion Chris Froome injured in fall

Marcel Kittel wins stage four of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Marcel Kittel won a messy bunch sprint to claim his third stage victory of this year's Tour de France in Lille today.

Kittel had no time to celebrate at the finish narrowly besting Milan-San Remo champion Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Arnaud Demare (FDJ) after a sprint from about 300m out.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.