Bradley Wiggins struggles in Oman

AL MUSANNAH, Oman -- Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins finished in a tie for last in the opening leg of the Tour of Oman on Monday, narrowly avoiding a crash to end up more than 80 seconds beyond stage winner Marcel Kittel.

Kittel, a German riding for Argos-Shimano, finished the 100.7-mile stage from Al Musannah to Sultan Qaboos University in 4 hours, 4 minutes, 59 seconds. He beat David Appollonio of AG2R La Mondiale and Nacer Bouhanni of FDJ in a sprint to the line.

Wiggins was caught behind a crash with 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) remaining and was among five riders who finished 1 minute, 21 seconds behind Kittel.

Alberto Contador, who was stripped of a third Tour de France title for using a banned substance, finished in the main peloton with the same time as Kittel.

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