Ster ZLM Toer victory prepares Marcel Kittel for Nationals and Tour de France
Jun 18 2017 07:18 pm CET

Ster ZLM Toer victory prepares Marcel Kittel for Nationals and Tour de France
Ster ZLM Toer victory prepares Marcel Kittel for Nationals and Tour de France
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With his victory at the last stage of the Ster ZLM Toer, Marcel Kittel got his 9th win of the season. The rider of Quick-Step Floors has shown to be ready for the German National Championships and the Tour de France.

It was a calm stage in the Netherlands and the work of Quick-Step paid off at the end of the day. "It was a nice and quiet day on the bike," Kittel said. "The guys rode a perfect race today; we took the front early, because we knew we had to be there before the last kilometer on this type of finish. I’m happy I could capitalize on my team’s fine job and get a nice victory two weeks from the start of the Tour de France, especially after the bad luck I had on the first road stage here."

The next step for the German is his country's Championships after which he will face the Tour de France once again. "I’m excited about racing the Nationals, although it’s always an unpredictable affair, and with just two guys in the race it will be impossible to control it. But together with Max we will give our best out there and try to play our card.

"If it doesn’t end up in a bunch sprint, then I’ll come out of this with the joy of riding in front of my home fans and adding some extra kilometers under the belt before the Tour de France," he commented.




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