Marcel Kittel

>>>Marcel Kittel results and rider profile

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

Marcel Kittel burst on to the scene when he won four stages of 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 fulfill 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 sprinter before turning pro) could see him dominate the sprints for years to come.

Major results: 2013 TdF | 2014 Giro d’Italia

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Is Marcel Kittel going to Etixx-QuickStep?

German sprinter Marcel Kittel will move from Giant-Alpecin to Etixx-QuickStep for 2016, according to a report by Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblad. Kittel has endured a torrid season plagued by illness and…

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Marcel Kittel to resume racing at Tour of Poland

Marcel Kittel is targetting stage wins at the Tour of Poland next month, his first race since missing out on selection for Giant-Alpecin’s Tour de France squad. The German has…

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Marcel Kittel to miss Tour de France

Marcel Kittel will not ride the 2015 Tour de France, as he is not at a high enough level of fitness to compete in the three-week race. The German has…