July 08, Stage 4: Le Touquet-Paris-Plage - Lille Métropole 163.5kmFroome injured in mid-stage crash
Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) won a close fought sprint to take stage 4 of the Tour de France from Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Lille. The German managed to edge out Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Arnaud Demare (FDJ.fr) to seal his third stage win of the race, while race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) enjoyed another relatively quiet day in the saddle.
Defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) had no such luck, crashing near the start of the stage and sustaining a number of cuts and abrasions. He rode the rest of the stage with his left wrist in a harness and will undergo medical evaluations after the stage.
Kittel had no such problems, stepping onto the podium for third day from four. He’s only one stage away from equalling his haul of four stage wins from last year and with despite a difficult run-in into Lille he had raw speed was enough to take victory. Even when Kristoff was given a slight gap inside the closing two hundred meters Kittel refused to panic, coming off Mark Renshaw’s wheel before scooping up Kristoff and taking the line.
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