Marcel Kittel on Tour de France: A stage win is my goal, the sooner the better
Jun 20 2018 03:16 pm CET

Marcel Kittel on Tour de France: A stage win is my goal, the sooner the better
Marcel Kittel on Tour de France: A stage win is my goal, the sooner the better
Photo of Marcel Kittel by Siebe Kok (CyclingPub.com)

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) has modest goals for the upcoming Tour de France. The rider considers that it would be difficult to equal last year's performance on the race, in which he won five stages.

The German rider has had only two victories in the 2018 season, both in Tirreno-Adriatico, and he wants to have realistic goals for the French grand tour, also considering that this is his first year in Katusha-Alpecin. "The guys are strong and tactically clever, but you can not seriously go to the Tour with the goal of taking five stage victories," said the rider to German newspaper Südkurier.

"First of all, as always, a stage win is my goal, the sooner the better."

The rider is now focused on the performance of his lead-out train. "We are working hard on a perfect sprint train, but there are still deficits, we know that," commented Kittel. "Rick Zabel, Nils Pollit and Tony Martin and super dedicated and important, but the absence of Marco Haller due to a serious training accident is, of course, a disadvantage for the Tour de France.

"Of course, we still have work to do to find us as a team, but the path is right. And we also have many young riders who are already very good, but who can also get better. I also want to help them."

But despite the expectations being lower for the German, he doesn't rule out the possibility of wearing Yellow at the first stage. "I have looked at the last ten kilometres to Fontenay and they are left, right, left, right and at the end it is wavy," explained the rider.

"It will definitely be a very challenging final, especially since the sprint is slightly uphill. But it is feasible and, of course, it is a goal for us."




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