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All you need to know — Tour de France

03 Julio 2017

Marcel Kittel claimed victory in a bunch sprint at the end of a dramatic stage two of the Tour de France in Liege.

I have no injuries thankfully - I've just lost a little bit of skin on my backside.

'It is going to be a Tour with a lot of strategy and with many movements', Quintana said.

"When that (a crash in the front) happens there's nowhere to go, said Thomas".

"Together we are raising money to support an important research project, led by Professor Tariq Enver at UCL Hospital in London".

"We wouldn't have taken the risk of losing the Tour from the first stage by cheating. One day, no one will die of this horrible disease and we want to help to make that time come sooner".

The big German moved up to third in the overall standings with victory in yesterday's second stage, thanks to the 10-second time bonus he claimed on the line. "It's necessary to be cautious".

Perhaps more concerned with finishing safely than acquiring any prize money during this stage, Richie Porte finished his first 2017 Tour de France trial 46 seconds off the pace. "Millions of cars have used these roads".

Thomas began his career as a track cyclist, winning Olympic and world titles in team pursuit.

BMC do not reveal contract terms, but it is understood to be a one-year extension.

A four-man break had formed early on in the 203.5km stage from Dusseldorf, comprising Cannondale-Drapac's Taylor Phinney, Yoann Offredo of Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Thomas Boudat of Direct Énergie and Fortuneo-Oscaro's Laurent Pichon, but the peloton kept them on a tight leash throughout.

Quintana said he had no worries about his energy levels after the Giro - saying the build-up was always focused on peaking at the Tour de France.

But the 27-year-old was upbeat about his chances when he held a news conference in Duesseldorf on Friday ahead of this weekend's Grand Depart in the German city.

And to compound matters, he was also forced into a bike change as he was trying to chase back.

Having previously been accused of doping and using a motorised bicycle by detractors unwilling to believe his dominant performances could have been achieved through fair means, Froome is now under fire for allegedly using banned substances in his jersey. "Whether I'm fit enough to win anything is a different thing", he said. 4 ascent, the single point going to Phinney.

All you need to know — Tour de France