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by Shane Stokes
January 31, 2018
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Playing it up for the cameras at the team launch.
New Katusha-Alpecin sprinter Marcel Kittel has reflected on his 2017 Tour de France and said that of his multiple stage-winning campaigns in the race, that last year’s was the most satisfiying. “I think it was my best [Tour] performance yet,” he told CyclingTips in a sit-down interview. “Because I won the five stages in 11 days…so that is a bit more than 50 percent of the whole Tour de France.
“I think for me that is a really great statistic. I think that is cool. But in the end it is also not really comparable. I see every Tour a little bit as a unique event and as a unique story that you can follow over three weeks. Now it is just another great story finished in 2017.”
Kittel wore the green jersey for much of the Tour and might have won that competition in Paris, but crashed out of the race on stage 17. Did holding the jersey for so long give him an appetite for the future?
“I could get used to it,” he answered, smiling. “But I also got a taste of how hard it is to fight for the green jersey. How hard it is to defend it, or even to wear it for a couple of days. It is a daily fight, and that is very tough. I have got to say that.
“It is something that I am looking forward to in the next years, but I know now what it means and what it takes, in terms of support of your team, and in terms of fitness, especially for me. I think for me it will always be extra challenging to be able to be a contender in that classification.”
Click through to the full feature to read more about Kittel’s move to Katusha-Alpecin, his longing to target the cobbles and more.