Monday, 4 July 2016 | Details
The first four stages of the tour did not go exactly as predicted. Stages one, three and four had ‘German sprinter’ written all over them. Unfortunately for Kittel though, his stage 1 gallop was foiled by the surprise burst of the Manx Missile, Mark Cavendish, who finally managed to add the yellow jersey to his trophy room. Stage two, with it’s difficult uphill finish, won by world champion Peter Sagan, was never going to be in Kittel’s playbook. Stage 3 didn’t work out for the big German either as his compatriot Andre Greipel was edged out by the resurgent Cavendish by the narrowest of margins.