Marcel Kittel dominates as he wins stage 3 of the 2014 Tour de France on the Mall in London.
  • What exactly was the virus Kittel caught? I haven’t paid much attention to it, as little has been reported – but whatever it was/is, it hammered him.

    • Jake(Aus)

      I wondered the same, it seems so common in cycling these days for cyclists to succumb to a mystery unnamed ‘virus’ that sticks around for months on end…if you step back from it all, it makes you wonder what kind of viruses are around that give someone general fatigue for a prolonged period but don’t escalate to anything really serious? In other words these guys go from awesome form, then massive drop poor form for a sustained period and go off the radar, then boom back in massive form and ‘virus’ all gone…hmm….

      • Sammy

        I guess by the amount of training stress, and by trying to ‘train through’ illness, it hits harder and longer to get rid of. Or possibly just an excuse for overtraining.

        • Derek Maher

          Very true Sammy,Ignore either a virus or overtraining at your peril.
          I will be interested to see how Degenkolb handles the sprints instead of being Kittels leadout man,Timing is all in that game.

  • Anon N + 1

    Recovering from a virus often depends primarily on the individual’s immune system; medication only alleviates the symptoms but does not cure the cause. Since active training is incompatible with the rest that is needed to strengthen the immune system, viral illnesses can drag on for a long time. Mononucleosis, commonly caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, is but one example of a disease with vague physical symptoms that requires several months for recovery.

  • Paolo

    I would say to all the other WT Teams, there is one of the fastest man in the world looking for a new team, get your offers in quick. Giant-Alpecin will regret this decision when some lead out guys follow him and he rules the Tour sprints again next year. I understand the reasoning behind the teams decision for this years Tour, but longterm it’s going to hurt them. And you never know, Kittels form seemed to be on the rise and a few more race days in the Tour might have given him enough to win a stage. Who cares if he drops out later. You would have never nominated Cipollini for the Tour either.

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