More misery for for Cavendish as Kittel fires barb

STAGE 12 winner Marcel Kittel took a sideways swipe at Tour de France points classification rival Mark Cavendish after beating him to victory on the finish line yesterday.

Kittel outsprinted Cavendish in the final 100m to put a dent in the British rider’s hopes of catching green jersey holder Peter Sagan.

General classification leader Chris Froome maintained his three minutes and 25 seconds advantage over Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde.

But the latest setback for Cavendish follows a crash with Kittel’s Argos-Shimano team-mate Tom Veelers on stage 10.

The Tour crowd vented their anger at the British rider 24 hours later as he was booed during the individual time trial and one spectator threw urine at him.

And Kittel added insult to injury by paying tribute to Veelers.

He said: “I would like to dedicate the win to my team and Tom Veelers, who struggled to finish the stage because he is feeling pain from his crash on Tuesday.”