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Cavendish finally gets his yellow jersey at Tour de France

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Mark Cavendish capped off the opening stage of the 2016 Tour de France with an incredible final sprint. With the win, Cavendish will wear the yellow jersey for the first time in his career.

SAINTE-MARIE-DU-MONT, France -- Mark Cavendish can finally wear the yellow jersey.

The British cyclist won a sprint in the crash-marred opening stage of the Tour de France and took the overall lead on Saturday following a picturesque first stage that finished on Utah Beach, where Allied troops landed on D-Day in 1944.

It was Cavendish’s 27th stage win in the French classic -- third on the all-time list behind Eddy Merckx (34) and Bernard Hinault (28) -- but he had never won the opening leg, which is often a time trial.

German rival Marcel Kittel and Slovakian standout Peter Sagan finished second and third, respectively.

Two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador crashed midway through the stage and several riders were involved in an ugly crash on the final straight.