Exclusive Tour de France interview with Marcel Kittel

It's been an odd build-up to the Tour de France for Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano). But is that such a bad thing? Having captured two stages in the Giro d'Italia in stunning style, he made a sudden abandon of the race with a fever on stage four. His recent triumphs in the Ster-ZLM Toer, though, would suggest he is right where he wants to be for the build-up to the Tour.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.