Speaking at the unveiling of the 2015 parcours in Paris on Wednesday, the German sprinter also praised ASO’s decision to restructure the classification for the Green Jersey.
Kittel won four stages in each of the last two editions of the Tour and wore the yellow jersey during both races. Widely regarded as now the man to beat in flat-track sprints, the 26-year-old refrained on setting a possible tally of target stages for next year’s race, pointing out that there are no certainties in such a difficult and dangerous profession as road sprinting.
Kittel did describe the 2015 route as “a tough Tour de France for the sprinters” pointing to the fact that few opportunities may arise for the sprinters during the second and third weeks before the final show down on the Champs Elysees.
The changes in the green jersey classification should play in Kittel's favour. In the last three editions of the Tour Peter Sagan has run away with the maillot vert, using his ability on the climbs, his consistency and his eagerness to jump into breaks as a way of taking extra points on stages not suited to the pure sprinters like Kittel.
For 2015, ASO has implemented a number of changes which favour stage winners and will only be in place for the nine flat stages of the race. The winner of the stages will score 50 points, 20 more than the second placed rider, who will score 30 points, boosting the stage winner's points total and rewarding stage winners more than riders who place consistently well.
“This gives the pure sprinters a way back in the completion and I hope it’s a topic for me next year,” Kittel told Cyclingnews.
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