And it was Kittel who had the pace to see off Arnaud Demare, Andre Greipel, Mark Cavendish and Dylan Groenewegen. Froome got back to the pack and he is expected to be bruised but fine. "That's the main thing".
A four-man break had formed early on in the 203.5km stage from Dusseldorf, comprising Cannondale-Drapac's Taylor Phinney, Yoann Offredo of Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Thomas Boudat of Direct Énergie and Fortuneo-Oscaro's Laurent Pichon, but the peloton kept them on a tight leash throughout.
Marcel Kittel admitted he doesn't feel confident about his yellow jersey chances ahead of Monday's lumpy third stage in the Tour de France from Verviers to Longwy. They had been out front since the start flag dropped in Dusseldorf along with Thomas Boudat and Laurent Pichon.
BMC's Roche was among a number of riders who hit the deck during the stage, others being Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin), Dylan Groenewegen and George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo).
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Porte criticised the way that Froome attacked him in the Dauphine, perhaps costing him overall victory as Jakob Fuglsang snatched it away on the final stage, while Froome and Team Sky have been trying to pin the favourites' tag - and the pressure that comes with it - on Porte.
"We knew it was slippery conditions and every time you put the race numbers on there's a big risk something could happen". Stefan Küng has the White Jersey for best young rider.
The stage win gave Kittel the green jersey, with Matthews in 10th in the sprinters classifications - he is also the highest-ranked Australian overall at 20 seconds behind Thomas with young Australian rider Damien Howson also ahead of Porte at 43 seconds down.
Porte said: "Chris is obviously the one with the biggest target on his back".
Amid an ongoing investigation into Team Sky by the UK Anti-Doping authority, Froome said: "I've been here since the beginning and I've never seen anything untoward". Chris is obviously the one with the biggest target on his back as the defending champion. "There was definitely a time where not so many spectators were standing next to the road".