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Cavendish, Kittel and Greipel match-up in German WorldTour race

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André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) wins the bunch sprint in stage 2 at the Eneco Tour

André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) wins the bunch sprint in stage 2 at the Eneco Tour
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Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin)

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin)
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Mark Cavendish got his win this year during stage 7

Mark Cavendish got his win this year during stage 7
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Andre Greipel on the Eneco Tour's stage 3 podium.

Andre Greipel on the Eneco Tour's stage 3 podium.
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Etixx QuickStep ride in support of race leader Tony Martin on stage 5

Etixx QuickStep ride in support of race leader Tony Martin on stage 5
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Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) wins Vattenfall Cyclassics

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) wins Vattenfall Cyclassics
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As the general classification riders head to Spain, many of the world’s best sprinters turn their focus to Germany. Vattenfall Cyclassics is currently Germany’s only WorldTour race, so it is befitting that its parcours suits some of its best riders. The largely flat course usually ensures a bunch sprint, an area that the Germans have excelled in recent years.

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin) and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) are just two potential winners for the home nation. Unfortunately, converting this into race victory has proved elusive, and Germany has only had one winner since the race became the Vattenfall Cyclassics in 2006. John Degenkolb, who is due to ride the Vuelta a España this season, claimed victory there in 2013.

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