Van der Poel and PFP star in Belgium; Kittel’s Katusha kit: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

December 11, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van der Poel and Cant win in Essen; Van der Poel and Ferrand-Prevot win at Druivencross; Rafal Majka aiming for Tour de France top-five in 2018; Ilnur Zakarin eyeing off Tour podium; Geraint Thomas to consider other offers after 2018; Davide Rebellin to be racing at 50? “Why not? It’s possible”; Albert Timmer retires from pro cycling; Marcel Kittel allowed to wear Katusha kit for team presentation; Updated kit for Canyon-SRAM in 2018; Wiggins 21st in indoor rowing debut; Peter Sagan’s message to the people of California.

Marcel Kittel allowed to wear Katusha kit for team presentation

by CyclingTips

New Katusha-Alpecin recruit Marcel Kittel was allowed to wear the squad’s fresh new kit at the team presentation at the weekend, despite still being on a contract at QuickStep Floors until the end of the year. The German sprinter was given the all clear to wear Katusha-Alpecin’s new strip by QuickStep Floors manager Patrick Lefevre who made the call, he says, “to prove the hypocrisy of the @uci_cycling system”.

Kittel wasn’t the only rider wearing new kit — Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) and Alex Dowsett (Movistar) were also spotted in their new livery after being given approval by their respective teams. Riders aren’t normally allowed to wear their new team’s kit until their existing contract expires, on December 31.

The Katusha-Alpecin squad for 2018 is: Maxim Belkov, Jenthe Biermans, Ian Boswell, Steff Cras, Alex Dowsett, Matteo Fabbro, José Gonçalves, Nathan Haas, Marco Haller, Reto Hollenstein, Robert Kišerlovski, Marcel Kittel, Pavel Kochetkov, Viacheslav Kuznetsov, Maurits Lammertink, Tiago Machado, Tony Martin, Marco Mathis, Baptiste Planckaert, Nils Politt, Jhonatan Restrepo, Simon Špilak, Mads Würtz Schmidt, Willie Smit, Rick Zabel, Ilnur Zakarin.