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Just 0.0003 seconds split first and second at the Tour de France today

How in the name of good God did they split these?

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Updated 18.03

MARCEL KITTEL WON Friday’s seventh stage of the Tour de France in a thrilling photo finish which saw first and second separated by a minuscule 0.0003 seconds.

The German, who had already won two stages of this year’s race, was somehow deemed to have beaten Edvald Boasson Hagen to the line.

There was little more than a hair in it and, judging by the official photo alone, the two bikes looked to be virtually in a dead head.

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“When I crossed the line, I really had no clue if I won or not,” Kittel said after the win, the 12th overall of his Tour career.

“Before the finish, I knew it was going to be close. At 150m to go, I thought it was still 200, but luckily, the door opened on the right side I could pass Edvald.

“To reach 12 stage wins at the Tour is an incredible success. I’m in a great shape. I’m super happy.”

The general classification standings remain unchanged with Ireland’s Dan Martin in fourth place, 25 seconds behind yellow jersey leader Chris Froome.

Martin finished in the main bunch in 57th place while Nicolas Roche was in 38th.

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