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Cavendish misses out in chaotic start

Mark Cavendish's dream of claiming his first Tour de France yellow jersey disappeared near the end of a farcical opening stage.

Germany's Marcel Kittel won the stage, which had a confusing end after a team bus became wedged on the finish line.

With the riders less than 15km away, the finish was temporarily brought 3km forward but that decision was reversed when the bus was moved.

A crash followed in a farcical end to the opening stage of the 100th Tour, visiting the Mediterranean island of Corsica for the first time.

That delayed a number of riders, including Cavendish, and stopped him from contesting the finish, described as ‘carnage’ by the Manxman.

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