Kittel takes stage four of Tour de France
German Marcel Kittel becomes the first rider in 38 years to win three of the first four stages of the Tour de France, as reigning champion Chris Froome suffers minor injury from crash.PT0M54S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3blns 620 349 July 9, 2014
Lille, France: German Marcel Kittel won his third stage on this year's Tour de France when he prevailed in a bunch sprint on Tuesday after defending champion Chris Froome suffered a fall.
Kittel, who won the first and third stages, now has seven Tour stages to his name after beating Norwegian Alexander Kristoff and France's Arnaud Demare.
Italian Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader's yellow jersey after spending a quiet day in the peloton, which was not the case for Froome.
The Briton fell off his bike five kilometres into the 163.5-km ride from Le Touquet but quickly got back, sustaining a possible wrist injury and bruising his left hip, shoulder, knee and elbow.
"It's alright, it's alright. We got really scared because it was a heavy fall but he seems to be OK. He says it's OK," said Team Sky sports director Nicolas Portal.
Froome, fifth overall and two seconds behind Nibali, crashed on the same side during last month's Criterium du Dauphine.
His wrist will be put to the test on the cobblestones that mark Wednesday's 155.5km fifth stage from Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut.
After three stages in Britain, where huge crowds turned up to support the peloton from Yorkshire to London, the race came back to France as it heads towards the Vosges through the North.
The wind caused a split in the peloton some 60 km from the finish with Pole Michal Kwiatkowski being trapped behind, but he was brought back by his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team-mates.
Slovakian Peter Sagan fell off his bike with less than 20 km left but made it back into the bunch.