Riders start on Corsica for 100th Tour de France

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Associated Press

Posted on June 29, 2013 at 5:03 AM

Riders set out Saturday on stage one of the 100th Tour de France with British sprinter Mark Cavendish among the favorites to take the first yellow jersey.

Starting from the harbor town of Porto Vecchio, the flat 132-mile stage moves inland and snakes along the Corsican coast to finish in Bastia.

The race has usually started with a short prologue stage where riders raced against the clock. But in a break with tradition, this year's opener favors sprinters like Cavendish and rival Peter Sagan of Slovakia.

British rider Chris Froome and Spaniard Alberto Contador start as the main favorites for the three-week, 2,115-mile race.

It is the first Tour since disgraced former cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven straight Tour titles from 1999 to 2005 for doping.

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