Marcel Kittel’s dismal season continues as the Giant-Alpecin sprinter abandoned the Tour de Yorkshire after a little over 100 kilometres of racing on stage 1 from Bridlington to Scarborough.
Kittel came into the race after illness ruined his spring campaign. His last race came at the Tour of Qatar in February, a race he struggled through after picking up a virus after the Tour Down Under in January.
He missed out the entire spring classics campaign with a virus and picked another bout of illness just before the Tour de Yorkshire. However he lined up at the start of stage 1 in Bridlington as one of the main favourites for the stage win.
During the stage he was dropped with around 70 kilometres to go and despite a lengthy chase he pulled over to the side of the road before leaving the race in a team car.
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