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Tour de France returns home from England

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LILLE, France (AP) - The Tour de France is back on home turf after a boisterous three-day start across the channel in England.

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali is wearing the leader's yellow jersey for the mostly flat 163.5-kilometer (101-mile) fourth stage along France's border with Belgium, from Le Touquet-Paris Plage to Lille Metropole.

Marcel Kittel of Germany sped to victory in front of Buckingham Palace on Monday, his second Tour stage win already this year.

Overall, Nibali has a slim two-second lead over a group of title contenders, which includes defending champion Chris Froome and two-time winner Alberto Contador.

Tour officials estimate that British fans made nearly 5 million individual visits to the route during the first three stages in Yorkshire, Essex and London, with some possibly attending more than one stage.

 

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