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Arguably the main highlight from The Shanghai Criterium

It’s the video you didn’t know you were waiting for: Marcel Kittel taking on Chris Froome in an arm wrestle.

The footage, from a press event, was posted by Tour de France organisers ASO ahead of their Shanghai Criterium.

Not sure this really counts as a spoiler, but Froome – a nine-time winner of the World’s Spindliest Arms Competition (disclaimer: not an actual thing) – is admirably whole-hearted in his efforts.

Froome later tweeted.

Kittel said:

We’d give Froome points for maintaining good humour throughout what was never going to be a glorious opportunity for him to showcase his physical prowess.

He had a fair stab at the on-stage Tai Chi too.

Froome did at least win the subsequent bike race after getting away as part of an almost-too-good-to-be-true break with Tour de France runner-up Rigoberto Uran; King of the Mountains winner Warren Barguil; and Alberto Contador, in what you could perhaps call his final race.

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