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Marcel Kittel keen on 2014 Giro d'Italia

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January 27, 23:07,
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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) pre-stage

Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) pre-stage

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Tour-Giro double on the cards for German sprnter

Having completed the opening race of the WorldTour at the Tour Down Under, Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) has turned his sights to making his debut at the Giro d'Italia in May. Kittel, who won four stages at last year's Tour de France, made his grand tour debut in 2011 at the Vuelta a España where he won Stage 7.

"Of course it is a dream for a sprinter to win stages in more grand tours. I would like to ride the Giro. In the next few weeks I will discuss with my team whether this race should be on my program this year," Kittel said.

Since turning professional in 2011 Kittel has ridden only one grand tour a season and of the three that he has started, Kittel has only completed one.

Kittel won the opening People's Classic Criterium on the eve of the Tour Down Under and failed to fire again as Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) was once again king of the sprints at the Australian race.

On the final day of racing around an Adelaide city street circuit that favoured sprinters like Kittel, the German was boxed in with his lead out man Koen de Kort forced to take up sprinting duties.

"The plan was to set Marcel up for the finish but he got swamped towards the end and was unable to make up the ground. Koen did well to react and make the most of his good positioning to sprint to fourth place," said Giant-Shimano's Addy Engels.

kevinzamora 6 months ago
I wouldn't consider riding the Giro if I was one of the slowest riders when the road goes up and my main goal was the TDF, I think he'll just suffer that first GT of the year and arrive at the grand boucle quite hurt to sprint the way he did last year... but I could be wrong
Manuel Schoel 6 months ago
We saw it with Cavendish, who rode the full Giro in extremely well form and than lost almost every sprint in the Tour. He only won the stage, where his team blew the peloton apart and there was no one left to beat him and one single other stage.
Charliez 6 months ago
I would agree. Unless he leave in the middle of the Giro. That would allow him to ride 6 flat stages, mixed with some medium stages before the mountains come into play.
Aurelio Feldman 6 months ago
I think that most sprinters would do that, ride the first week or 10 days and leave before gets too hard.
BackSeatRider 6 months ago
Considering Giant-Shimano doesn't have great ambitions for the Giro it would make sense for Kittel (their biggest star) to start the race and go for a stage win or two before dropping out after the first week or so. That way the team gets to shine, he potentially adds to his Palmares a stage win in all 3 GTs and he gets some good training. Cavendish has employed this technique before with success. Cav's problem last year was that he wanted the sprinters jersey so had to finish the Giro and that put a lot of stress on his body for the Tour.
Aurelio Feldman 6 months ago
Cavendish had the ambition of winning the points jerseys in every GT, now that he got it I hope that he focus on being in his top shape for the Tour. Giro is good for a week or so, more than that is punishing his body in a way that is hard to get back to the top for the Tour. I admire Cav for having such amazing goals, but last year´s Giro took its tool on him.
indurain666 6 months ago
He will only ride the first week for sure which should be good training and its good for the race toom; trying to survive all mountain stages wouldn't make any sense.