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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2018 USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships broadcast schedule

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NBC Sports and NBC Sports Gold combine to air daily live coverage of the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships from Thursday through Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Athletes will compete for national titles and spots on the team for the first Athletics World Cup in London next month. More details on Athletics World Cup qualifying here.

While veteran Olympic champions will miss the event, a new generation of sprinters headlines the entry lists. A full competition schedule is here.

Noah Lyles and Michael Norman, who were fourth and fifth in the 2016 Olympic Trials 200m as 18-year-olds, have been the most impressive U.S. male sprinters this season and go head-to-head for the first time in two years.

Sydney McLaughlin, who reached the Rio Olympic 400m hurdles semifinals as a 17-year-old, is entered in the 400m.

Olympic and world champions also scatter the distance races and field events, including Matthew Centrowitz and Jenny Simpson (1500m), Emma Coburn (3000m steeplechase), Christian Taylor (Olympic triple jump champ also entered in the 400m), Tianna Bartoletta and Jeff Henderson (long jump), Jenn Suhr (pole vault) and Michelle Carter and Ryan Crouser (shot put).

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Day Time (ET) Network Key Events
Thursday 2-11 p.m. NBC Sports Gold 100m first round, 10,000m finals
Friday 12:30-11 p.m. NBC Sports Gold 100m finals, 400m semifinals
11 p.m.-1 a.m. NBCSN, Gold
Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. NBC Sports Gold Finals: 400m, 1500m, 100m hurdles
4-6 p.m. NBC, Gold
Sunday 12:30-6 p.m. NBC Sports Gold Finals: 200m, 5000m, 110m hurdles
4-6 p.m. NBC, Gold

Allyson Felix among sprinters to miss USATF Outdoor Championships

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Olympic gold medalists Allyson FelixJustin GatlinTori BowieLaShawn MerrittBrianna McNealKerron Clement and Dalilah Muhammad are among the stars not entered in this week’s USATF Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Christian Coleman, who took 100m silver at 2017 Worlds between Gatlin and Usain Bolt, will also miss the event.

Any athlete not on the current entry list will not compete.

Big-name absences aren’t shocking this year given it is the only year in the four-year cycle without an Olympics or world championships to qualify for at nationals.

Felix, Gatlin, Bowie and Coleman have all dealt with injuries or withdrawn from international meets this spring. Merritt hasn’t raced on the Diamond League circuit this season.

Felix, the American record holder with 25 combined Olympic and world outdoor championships medals, will not race at senior nationals for the first time since 2002, when she was 16 years old.

A new generation of sprinters will headline nationals, including Noah Lyles and Michael Norman in the 200m and Sydney McLaughlin in the 400m. Phyllis Francis, the world 400m champion, is entered in the 200m. Kori Carter, the world 400m hurdles champion, is in the 100m hurdles with world-record holder Kendra Harrison.

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