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VILLARS-LES-DOMBES, France -- Mark Cavendish approached the finish line with so much speed that German rival Marcel Kittel swerved out of the way. Sam Mills Youth Jersey .The Manx Missile easily sprinted to his fourth stage victory in the Tour de France on Saturday.I didnt see it, Cavendish said of the incident with Kittel. I was in front of him.Finishing in the main pack during the 14th stage, Chris Froome had little trouble holding onto the yellow jersey.Todays stage was quite welcome after the last few days of racing, Froome said. It was really nice to switch off a little bit and sit on the wheels inside the peloton.It was Cavendishs 30th career win in the Tour, putting him within four of Eddy Merckxs record. The British sprinter held up four fingers after crossing the line.Kittel threw up his arm in protest when Cavendish passed him.I saw Cavendish overtaking me and suddenly cornering me, Kittel said. I had to brake to avoid a crash. Its not for me to say if he made a mistake.Cavendish analyzed it only after watching the replay.We were next to the barriers and it was him coming off the barriers more than anything, Cavendish said.Alexander Kristoff, a Norwegian with Katusha, crossed second, and world champion Peter Sagan was third.Cavendish is just faster right now, Kristoff said.Kittel came fifth.Kittel had already lost and stopped his effort. He had lost his focus. Maybe Cavendish swerved a bit, but its nothing, retired sprinter Laurent Jalabert said.The peloton stopped for a minute of silence at the start of the stage in honor of the 84 victims of the truck attack in Nice. Froome, French champion Arthur Vichot, and other leaders of the Tour took their helmets off and stood still at the start line.It was the first of three days of national mourning in France, and fans waved the countrys flag all along the 208.5-kilometer (130-mile) route from Montelimar to the bird sanctuary of Parc des Oiseaux in Villars-Les-Dombes near Lyon.Cavendishs personal record for wins in one Tour was six in 2009. His performance in this race has come as somewhat of a surprise, considering that he has been slowed by injuries in recent seasons.But Cavendish seems rejuvenated after joining the South African squad Team Dimension Data for this season.Ive been a lot more patient than I was last year, Cavendish said.Froome remained 1:47 ahead of second-place Bauke Mollema and 2:45 in front of third-place Adam Yates in the overall standings.Four riders -- Martin Elmiger of Switzerland, Alex Howes of the United States, Jeremy Roy of France, and Cesare Benedetti of Italy -- formed an early breakaway and opened up an advantage of 4 1/2 minutes before falling apart in the final kilometers.Known as a transfer stage because it was a lengthy leg that moved the peloton from one region to another to set up the ensuing mountain tests, the route took riders by fields of grain and sunflowers amid winds exceeding 35 kph (22 mph).The stage started 15 minutes early because of concerns over a strong headwind and concluded with a three-kilometer straight directly into the wind.Matti Breschel, a Danish rider with Cannondale, crashed midway through the stage, and was reported to have broken his collarbone.The Tour enters the Alps on Sunday with a 160-kilometer (99-mile) leg from Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz featuring six climbs, including the beyond-category Grand Colombier.It is a tricky stage, Froome said. 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MADISON, Wis. -- If Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst has made a final decision on who will start at quarterback for the 11th-ranked Badgers at Michigan State, his players are doing their best to not reveal the pick.Bart Houston and Alex Hornibrook have been splitting reps in practice. The depth chart lists Houston as the starter, but Chryst has said that he will let each quarterbacks performance in practice through the week dictate who wins the job.Unless hes already made up his mind.Thats what Ive heard, yup, Hornibrook said after practice on Tuesday evening when asked if he would start this weekend against the eighth-ranked Spartans .Or maybe not.Coach is getting us both ready to go. If Im the guy, Im ready to go. If Barts the guy, Im ready for that, too, Hornibrook said when asked to clarify.Hornibrook was surrounded by reporters, as if facing a huddle. Houston endured similar questioning.Both of us are preparing like were going in to start. That was the same thing the past three weeks, Houston said.The quarterbacks tried to follow their coachs elusive lead.Both have to be ready to play, to be sure. Im positive of that, Chryst said Monday when asked if Houston was still the starter.Houston won a competition for the starting job in training camp. The senior started all three games this season, completing 62 percent of his 71 passes for 527 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.He said that he was a llittle frustrated with the starting job in limbo, but that was a little selfish of me. Greg Little Youth Jersey. Its not who I am. Its whatever I can do to help the team.Hornibrook has played in two games, completing 76 percent of his 17 passes for 183 yards, with two scores and one interception. He led three second-half scoring drives to help jump-start the offense in last weeks 23-17 win over Georgia State.Houston and Hornibrook split practice reps evenly this week, as Houston said they have done all season.Youre a play away every game from the other guy being your guy from then on, offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph said. Weve got to get both guys ready every week ... and I think its helped both those guys continue to develop, so were not going to change it.The Badgers could also be trying to just keep the Spartans guessing about the quarterback situation. Rudolph sounded just as elusive about his injured running backs.Starter Corey Clement (left ankle), along with backups Taiwan Deal (right leg) and Bradrick Shaw (right shoulder) are each listed as questionable on the injury report.All those guys are a little bit here and there right now. So everyone or no one will be ready, I feel pretty good about that, said Rudolph, drawing laughs.---AP College Football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '