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Tour de France Stage 14: Cavendish takes fourth stage victory (+ video)

Kittel shows frustration after seeing Manxman pass him

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) took stage 14 of the 2016 Tour de France – his fourth win of the race. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) came second with Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) coming from some way back to take third.

At the start of the day, the peloton observed a minute's as it was the first time the riders had all been together since the Bastille Day attack in Nice.

Shortly after, a four-man break valiantly took on the headwind on the 208.5km stage from Montélimar to Villars-les-Dombes. The final two members of it, Jeremy Roy and Martin Elmiger, were reeled in with 3.5km to go.

Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step) led out the sprint and while he appeared angry with Cavendish in the home straight, he was perhaps more annoyed with himself for having launched too early, the Manxman sailing past him to take the win.

Speaking afterwards, Kittel said: “I started my sprint super fast with 220m to go, the train worked well. I was in the inside, I was well positioned. I saw Cavendish passing me and he swerved to the right and I needed to brake to avoid collision. It's not up to me to decide if he made a mistake.”  

Cavendish's take was: "I jumped around him and obviously it bent over to the right and he's kicked off a little bit, but I was way past him by then. I don't figure there's anything wrong there. I think he was just frustrated." 

It was Cavendish's 30th Tour de France stage win. Only Eddy Merckx is ahead of him with 34.

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