Tour de France photo finish decided by 5 millimeters (video)

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Marcel Kittel won one of the closest Tour de France finishes in history, by five millimeters, claiming a Stage 7 bunched sprint by a fraction of his tire tread on Friday.

The German came from behind Edvald Boasson Hagen‘s back wheel to edge the Norwegian. Kittel stretched his arms forward to throw his bike toward the finish line, while Boasson Hagen did not.

“I really had no clue if I won or not,” said Kittel, who tied the retired Erik Zabel for most Tour stage wins by a German. “On the finish line, I just thought, OK, this is going to be close.”

Boasson Hagen said he had “no clue” who won.

Finish line judge Severine Jamain said Kittel edged by Boasson Hagen by five millimeters when examining a finish-line camera that takes 10,000 frames per second, according to NBC Sports. It was the closest finish Jamain had seen in her 10 years.

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It’s Kittel’s third win of this year’s Tour and 12th stage victory of his career. He grabbed the green jersey for top sprinter from Arnaud Demare and now leads the Frenchman by 15 points.

There were no significant changes in the overall race standings, still led by three-time Tour champion Chris Froome.

A four-man breakaway was caught with four miles left on the 133-mile stage.

Overall Standings
1. Chris Froome (GBR) — 28:47:51
2. Geraint Thomas (GBR) — +:12
3. Fabio Aru (ITA) — +:14
4. Dan Martin (IRL) — +:25
5. Richie Porte (AUS) — +:39
7. Romain Bardet (FRA) — +:47
8. Alberto Contador (ESP) — +:52
9. Nairo Quintana (COL) — +:54

The Tour returns to the mountains this weekend, beginning moderately with Saturday’s Stage 8. It features an up-and-down 117 miles, with three categorized climbs, the toughest a category one in the last 15 miles.

NBC Sports Gold coverage starts at 6:05 a.m. ET. NBC’s coverage starts at 8 a.m.

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Chris Froome can clinch Tour de France title No. 4 in time trial

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Chris Froome moved one step closer to his fourth Tour de France title by finishing in the same time as his rivals in the 19th of 21 stages on Friday.

Now, Froome focuses on a 14-mile time trial in Marseille on Saturday, where he is heavily favored to defend his 23-second lead over Frenchman Romain Bardet and 29-second advantage on Colombian Rigoberto Uran.

Sunday’s finale — the ride into Paris — is traditionally not a day for attacking the yellow jersey.

NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold coverage starts at 7:30 a.m. ET on Saturday.

On Friday, Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen won his first Tour stage in six years on the three-week event’s longest day (138 miles). Boasson Hagen pulled away from an eight-rider group in the last two miles and crossed five seconds ahead of German Nikias Arndt.

Froome, Bardet and Uran were in the large group finishing about 10 minutes later.

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Froome, 32, is trying to move within one Tour title of the career record of five shared by Jacques AnquetilEddy MerckxBernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

Froome has been the anchor of cycling’s most powerful team — Team Sky — for five seasons now. Every time the rail-thin Brit has reached the Champs-Élysées in that time, he has been wearing the yellow jersey. The only miss was when he abandoned on Stage 5 in 2014 after crashing three times in two days.

Bardet, 26, was runner-up to Froome in last year’s Tour by 4:05. No Frenchman has won the Tour since Hinault in 1985 — the host nation’s longest victory drought.

Uran, 30 and the 2012 Olympic road race silver medalist, is trying to become the first South American to win the Tour.

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WATCH LIVE: Usain Bolt in final race before world championships

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Usain Bolt races for the last time before his farewell world championships, live during NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold‘s coverage of a Diamond League meet in Monaco on Friday starting at 2 p.m. ET.

Bolt will put his four-year winning streak on the line in a 100m race against his toughest field since the Rio Olympics.

The race start is set for 3:35 p.m. A meet preview is here.

The Jamaican will retire after racing the 100m and 4x100m worlds in London in August, with Monaco being his only other meet left this season.

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There are doubts about Bolt’s form with worlds in two weeks. He failed to break 10 seconds in his first two races this season in June before seeing his German doctor to work on his chronically balky back.

Fortunately for Bolt, nobody else is performing that well this season, either. None of his top rivals in recent years — Yohan BlakeAndre De Grasse and Justin Gatlin — have broken 9.90 seconds this season.

The Monaco field includes two of the five fastest men in the world this year — South African Akani Simbine and American Chris Belcher — and four men overall who have broken 10 seconds in 2017.

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