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Watch: Marcel Kittel Retires From Tour de France After Crash On Stage 17

Watch: Marcel Kittel Retires From Tour de France After Crash On Stage 17

While we've focused a lot on Dan Martin's race for the yellow jersey of the Tour de France, his team mate Marcel Kittel has led the points classification after winning five of the first 11 stages.

A lot was made of Quick Step's decision to focus on the green jersey during stage 16 - where Martin lost 50 seconds on the leader Chris Froome, and Kittel lost 50 points.

Today though, Kittel's Tour is over.

He was involved in a major crash at the beginning of stage 17. The stage route went from La Mure to Serre Chevalier, a total of 183 km. With just under 20 kilometres down, Kittel hit the floor in a crash which took down a number of the peloton.

Marcel Kittel crash

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Britain's Shaun Cummings just evaded the worst of it by wheeling off into a nearby ditch. The Tour has seen a number of high profile riders having to retire so far this year. Kittel joins Mark Cavendish and Arnaud DeMare, while Peter Sagan was disqualified after stage 4.

Dan Martin sat 2''02 behind leader Froome before today's stage.

Kittel's crash ensures that the green jersey will almost certainly go to Michael Matthews of Australia. He holds a 140 point lead over Andre Greipel of Germany with just four stages remaining.

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