Tour Tweets of the Week: Clips and crashes and all things German

We’re through the first weekend of the 2017 Tour de France and we’ve had crashes, popular breakaways and a ‘clipping incident’. And that was just on Twitter. (>snare< >cymbal<)We have Geraint Thomas, Peter SaganMarcel Kittel, Taylor Phinney, Spongebob Squarepants – yes, Spongebob Squarepants! and much much more
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Tour de France 2017 : Stage 3 – Sagan clips in for the win

Stage 3 of the 2017 Tour de France was another long one: 212.5km crossing three countries (Belgium, Luxembourg and finally France), via the Ardennes and F1’s Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The rather hilly profile with a final 1.6km climb was perfect for the sprinters with a penchant for short inclines. Peter Sagan stormed to an unbelievable finish, sprinting to victory after unwittingly unclipping and re-clipping mid-sprint. Nathan Brown grabs enough points for the polka dots. Marcel Kittel keeps green, the maillot jaune still graces the shoulders of Geraint Thomas but Pierre Latour dethrones Stefan Küng in the best young rider competition.
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Tour de France 2017 : Stage 2 – Kittel throws down the sprinting gauntlet

Stage 2 of the 2017 Tour de France was a long 203km stage from Dusseldorf to Liege and, just like yesterday, had weather like a Belgian classic. The rain-drenched peloton let a four-man break go away almost immediately, let them ride for intermediate sprint and KOM points, had a massive crash 30km from the finish that slowed the chase, and then recovered to catch the remnants just under the flamme rouge. The scrappy-do sprint had the fast men all over the wheels, but it was Marcel Kittel who got clear and blasted the field with his 10th Tour de France stage win. Geraint Thomas stayed safe and in yellow.
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