Marcel Kittel

>>>Marcel Kittel results and rider profile

Nationality: German
Date of birth: May 11, 1988
Height: 189cm
Weight: 86kg
Team: Giant-Shimano
Twitter: @marcelkittel

Marcel Kittel burst on to the scene when he won four stages of the the 2013 Tour de France, stealing Mark Cavendish’s crown as the sprint king of the peloton. The big German had previously won stages in the Vuelta but his Tour debut in 2012 had ended abruptly due to illness. Now with stage wins in the 2014 Giro d’Italia he has joined an elite group of riders with wins in all three Grand Tours.

His Giant-Shimano sprint train took charge at the 2013 Tour as Omega Pharma didn’t have the right riders to ful fill this role. Kittel’s loyal team mates adapted their approach choosing to hit a bunch sprint fast and late (Cavendish’s preference is for his team to take control for the final 10km). Kittel’s top speed is his strongest weapon, and the fact that he can hold it for longer than other sprinters (he was a better TT rider than spinter before turning pro) could see him dominate the sprints for years to come.

Major results: 2013 TdF | 2014 Giro d’Italia

Marcel Kittel tops out over the Bradfield climb before the descent down Kirk Edge Road towards Oughtibridge

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