Another hot day, another long sprint stage in the Tour de France – the last one until next Tuesday – another break from the flag, this time a quartet, also pulled back before the bunch sprint won by Marcel Kittel, who continues his sprint dominance. This makes it all sound a bit Groundhog Day, but it wasn’t. The jury had to spend time poring over the photo finish, which seemed to show a dead heat before confirming Kittel’s third stage win imperceptibly ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen, with Michael Matthews in third place. Kittel’s victory also netted him the green points’ jersey. Race leader Chris Froome and the rest of the GC contenders finished safely in the peloton.