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When Marcel Kittel speaks, there is a calm that belies the ferocity of how his legs will whip like an eggbeater over the last 200 metres of the first stage of this years Tour de France that gets under way Saturday in Normandy, a stage that will likely end in a bunch sprint.While British flyer Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) has said his focus is not on claiming the yellow race leaders jersey, but on winning the stage -- which would nonetheless place him in first overall -- Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) was happier to embrace both prospects.Cavendish, 31, has never worn the yellow jersey, but has won 26 Tour stages from nine starts. For Kittel, 28, it is a case of having been there, done that ... so why not again?The German sprinter, who comes into the Tour off wins in Stages 2 and 3 of the Giro dItalia and a third in last Sundays German road title, does not have Cavendishs record of Tour stage wins. His tally is eight from three starts - four from the 2013 and 2014 Tours. And on both Tours, he won on Stage 1 to take the race lead and wear yellow for a day.Kittel, who missed last years Tour due to illness, was typically at ease as the edge to the atmosphere sharpened in the lead-up hours to Saturdays first stage, 188 kilometres (117 miles) from Mont Saint Michel to Utah Beach that was a principal landing site for the D-Day invasion in 1944.It is really exciting to maybe have the chance to wear the jersey, said Kittel, with a smile.Asked how he, as a star sprinter in the Tours field of 22-nine teams, handled external pressure, Kittel then said: I think it is sort of my life as a sprinter to deal with that pressure.The power of two sprint trainsKittel recognises that his team is one of two that has a fully dedicated sprint train to lead him out for the bunch gallops. The other powerhouse team for the flat bunch sprints is Lotto-Soudal. One of its riders, 33-year-old German André Greipel, has won 10 Tour stages from five starts and won last Sundays German road title in a season that includes three stage win in the Giro.While Saturdays stage is virtually assured of seeing the teams of Kittel and Greipel dominate the finale, Kittel does not expect it to be trouble-free. Sprinters without trains will try feed off the work of Etixx-QuickStep and Lotto-Soudal by fighting for a place in their slipstreams.And that could lead to chaos with everyone so keen to win early in the Tour and in such a finale where the finishing speed is likely to reach 65 kilometres per hour, if not beyond.I can really rely on a very strong team that gives me a lot of confidence, Kittel said. We have a good plan for Saturday and we just have to pray also for some lucky moments.Asked who he regards as his main rivals for Saturday, Kittel first cited Greipel and then added Cavendish, whose last result was a second-place finish in Sundays British championship.Despite many predicting a Kittel-Greipel showdown, there are other pure sprinters who will be suited for Saturdays flat course. Apart from Cavendish, Norways Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), Irelands Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon), and Frances Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie).However, there are other sprinters who will be better suited for the sprint finishes that come with slightly uphill finishes, such as Slovakian world champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), German John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) and Australian Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange).Win or not, eyes will be on Mark CavendishHow Cavendish fares is a major talking point, despite Kittel and Greipel being the favourites.Even though his tally in stage wins two shy of French legend Bernard Hinaults all-time second-best score of 28 Tour stage wins, only three wins have come in the past three years. Cavendish won two stages in 2013, crashed out in Stage 1 in 2014 and won one last year.Another element to the Cavendish story is how much, or if, his sprint has been impacted by his bid to earn selection for Great Britains Olympic track team. Cavendishs split focus for the season has so far paid dividends. He has been selected for the Games team for the omnium event and as Great Britains fifth rider for the team pursuit.On the road, his year began by winning a stage and overall honours in the Tour of Qatar and then a stage in the Tours of Croatia and California before his national title second place.The Dimension Data team said at its press conference Thursday that he would not to answer questions about the Olympics. But, inevitably, with the Tour and Games intertwined due to his Tour preparation having included so much track work, the issue was discussed.Cavendish first deflected a question on if the yellow jersey had been a season goal. It was never a career target. Its just something that Ive never done, Cavendish said. Youll make it out [that it] was a career target, but its just something that Ive never done. The target is to win the stage.Then, when asked about his preparation for the Tour, Cavendish said: Its been completely different. Ive had a track build-up and used racing to build my endurance.I really dont know how its going to be, he added. It could be the best thing Ive ever done; it could be the worst. Ive definitely made every second of every day count. Im not coming to the Tour to just d--- about. Im here to represent team Dimension Data.Cavendish then reaffirmed that it was his intention to try to finish the entire Tour and not leave early in order to fine tune for the omnium event at Rio 14 days later.Ive not planned to come to the Tour de France to stop, he said. Its my 10th start, and every time Ive stopped, its been through different circumstances. Ive [got] a job to do and well see. I was in bed for a week after the Tour last year and was sick.I know I cant afford to do that this year, but the Champs Elysees is the biggest stage in the world for a sprinter. 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Ellis hit two-run homers and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0 Saturday night. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell says he was doing his homework on Greg Hardy when he brought in the polarizing defensive end for a two-day workout and interview session last week.Caldwell said he has no imminent plans to sign Hardy, a free agent who spent last season in Dallas. He added that the Jaguars are going to turn over every rock, but not at any price.We want to take calculated risks and well take chances, but were not going to do this at any cost, either, Caldwell said.Hardy had a tumultuous season with the Cowboys, one that started with a four-game suspension stemming from his domestic violence case in North Carolina. It also was marked by several disruptions including a physical confrontation with an assistant coach. Dallas opted not to re-sign him.It was an opportunity for us -- heres a guy that was a franchise defensive end two years ago sitting out on the street -- to bring him in, work him out and try to find out the facts where hes at, the truth behind everything that surrounds him and just do our homework, Caldwell said. We brought him and he did a workout.Its not often you get your chance to put your hands on a player of that caliber to work him out. So well just see where its at. We have no imminent plans of signing him at this point. But it was good to get him in here and find out about him.The Jaguars could use some veteran pass-rushing help after parting ways with Chris Clemons and Andre Branch and failing to sign Olivier Vernon and Robert Ayers in free agency.They have Dante Fowler, the third overall pick in the 2015 draft, coming off knee surgery but have little quality depth behind him. His backups include linebacker Dan Skuta, former first-round pick Bjoern Werner, third-year pro Chris Smith and rookies Yannick Ngakoue and Tyrone Holmes.dddddddddddddding Hardy to the mix likely would only happen if the Jaguars deal with injuries or inconsistency during training camp, which begins Thursday.And Hardy, one of the biggest names, remaining on the free-agent market.It was really to find out more about him so we dont have any questions going into the season, Caldwell said. There are no what-ifs for us right now. There could have been a what-if Week 3, Week 4 or into the preseason, but we kind of have our questions answered as our game plan for him.Hardy was suspended for the first four games of last season for violating the NFLs personal conduct policy. He was accused in 2014 of throwing his then-girlfriend into a bathtub and then on a futon covered with guns and trying to choke her. 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