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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Daniel Benson is the Editor in Chief at both Cyclingnews.com and BikePerfect.com. Based in the UK, he has worked within cycling for almost 15 years, and he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he has reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he runs the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.
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