Marcel Kittel takes opening Tour of Britain stage win in Liverpool

Mark Cavendish involved in crash during Tour of Britain opener; Marcel Kittel takes race lead

Marcel Kittel wins, Tour of Britain 2014 stage one

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) won the first stage of the Tour of Britain on Sunday.

As expected, the circuit around Liverpool culminated in a bunch sprint and, as also expected, Kittel and Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) were two of the main players. The pair’s supremacy was however disrupted somewhat by Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani-SCF), who finished in-between them in second, forcing Cavendish to settle for third.

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