Though widely expected to win the two stages, the manner of his success was a further reminder of just how fast the big sprinter is with the Tour de France – and a battle with Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel – to come.
For now, however, Kittel celebrated his 26th birthday with a big win and retained the red jersey in the process.
Relive the stage through the lens of Stefano Sirotti in the full-width gallery below.
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