Germany's Marcel Kittel takes Stage 1 of Tour de France

Spain's Alberto Contador gestures when he rides in the pack during the ceremonial procession ahead of the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 190.5 kilometers (118.4 miles) with start in Leeds and finish in Harrogate, Britain. AP

Marcel Kittel of Germany takes the first stage in a crash-marred sprint in front of royalty in the English countryside.

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