Marcel Kittel Beats Alexander Kristoff to the Finish in Stage 1 of the Tour de France

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Marcel Kittel of Germany and Argos-Shimano celebrates after winning stage one of the 2013 Tour de France, a 213KM road stage from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia, on June 29, 2013 in Bastia, France. (Getty Images)more pics »Marcel+Kittel
German rider Marcel Kittel was the fastest rider to get from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia, on June 29, 2013 in Bastia, France. (Getty Images)more pics »Marcel+Kittel
Marcel Kittel of Germany wears his Argos-Shimano jersey. (Getty Images)more pics »Marcel+Kittel
Marcel Kittel of Germany dons the yellow jersey for Argos-Shimano.  He won the sprint finish of  stage one of the 2013 Tour de France, a 213KM road stage from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia, on June 29, 2013 in Bastia, France. (Getty Images)more pics »Today marked the opening of the 2013 Tour de France. All eyes were on Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan this morning, but both riders got hung up in a crash that took the top spinters out of the running for a Stage 1 victory.  German rider Marcel Kittel took advantage of the opportunity and beat Alexander Kristoff in the final sprint.  Kittel will wear the prized yellow jersey to start Stage 2 tomorrow.

The other big story from today's opening stage was about a bus that got stuck at the finish line.  Officials almost moved the finish line - causing a lot of confusion among the teams and the media - but cleared the bus just in time to keep the original course.

Here's the bus:

Le Tour de France 2013 - Stage One
The Orica-Greenedge team bus collides with the finishing banner prior to the race arriving at the end of stage one of the 2013 Tour de France, a 213KM road stage from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia, on June 29, 2013 in Bastia, France. The 100th edition of Le Tour de France begins in Porto Vecchio on the island of Corsica and ends July 21 in Paris. (Getty Images)more pics »
  • Le Tour de France 2013 - Stage One
  • Le Tour de France 2013 - Stage One
  • Le Tour de France 2013 - Stage One
  • Le Tour de France 2013 - Stage One
  • Le Tour de France 2013 - Stage One
  • Le Tour de France 2013 - Stage One


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