With the relaxed atmosphere of the season closing Criteriums in the Far East, the pair has taken the opportunity to duke it out in an unexpected format, arm wrestling. In front of their fellow riders, they sought out to find who was the strongest.
It hardly seemed a fair match-up from the start. The 6 ft 2 (1.88m) Kittel weighs in at anywhere over 85 kilos while the one inch shorter Froome gives away around 15 kilos to the German.
Froome gave a good fight, and tried to get an early advantage on his opponent, even taunting him with a jovial "come on man." But it was clear Froome was feeling the strain and it was little surprise that Kittel came out on top in this particular duel.
Kittel and Froome will be on more familiar ground on Sunday when they race around the streets of Shanghai for the criterium.