Marcel Kittel beats Mark Cavendish, Tour de France 2013, stage 12

Cycle Sport September brings you ten stories from the Tour de France. In his story, Ed Pickering looks at the battle of the sprinters. With André Greipel, Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel all at the top of their game it was intriguing to watch.

As a symbol of how the Tour de France sprints were run off this year, the photograph of the finish line on the Champs Elysées at the end of the final stage is perfect. In the gloaming of a summer evening in Paris, three riders are spread across the road, backlit by bright floodlights.

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