Kittel: Third place in the sprint gives me confidence

08 July 2018 12:01
Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) finished third behind Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the opening sprint at the Tour de France but after his difficult start to the season and lack of a success, the result tasted almost as sweet as victory. Kittel won four stages at the 2017 Tour de France while riding for Quick-Step Floors but has struggled to build a successful lead-out train at Katusha-Alpecin. He has won just twice, at Tirreno-Adriatico, but has often been left frustrated and doubting his ability after coming up short in a number of other sprints. His third place in Fontenay-le-Comte blew away his doubts.ADVERTISEMENT “My power was there, my speed was there. The result gives me confidence. This is just the first chance,” the German said after completing his day at anti-doping. The sprint unfolded as Kittel and Katusha-Alpecin expected, allowing the German to execute his planned strategy. “We had a meeting yesterday to talk about the finale and how we wanted to do it. It happened exactly as we expected,” he explained, replaying every detail of the sprint in his mind. More of the same on Sunday You can read more at . read full article

Source: Cycling News