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Marcel Kittel settling in at Etixx-Quick Step following torrid 2015

Marcel Kittel settling in at Etixx-Quick Step following torrid 2015

The German sprinter is upbeat about his prospects for 2016, following an illness-blighted 2015 that saw him record just the one win all year Marcel Kittel and Tony Martin in 2016 Marcel Kittel is in high spirits and ready for a new season with new team Etixx-QuickStep, following a disappointing 2015 season that saw him leave Giant-Alpecin on bad terms.

The German sprinter endured a torrid campaign last year, his early season build-up ruined by a virus picked up at the Tour Down Under that he never quite recovered from, with former team Giant-Alpecin ultimately rescinding the final year of his contract at Kittel’s request.

Kittel had been overlooked for both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana, having managed to abandon the Tour de Yorkshire on the very first stage , and was omitted from Germany’s World Championships team in September, while his only WorldTour victory of 2015 came on stage 1 of the Tour of Poland , where he also took the points classification.

He also wasn’t helped by a change in ambitions at Giant-Alpecin, with Tom Dumoulin’s impressive Vuelta followed up by the signing of Laurens Ten Dam showing the new outlook at the German team which […]

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