Marcel Kittel

Kittel: Absolutely no doubt that disc brakes will play a role in the future of cycling

Marcel Kittel has said that the widespread use of disc brakes is inevitable, but has also backed calls for the introduction of disc brake covers in pro cycling. The QuickStep Floors rider believes that the solution would help dispel concerns about technology he is convinced will play a big part in the sport. On February …

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An interview with Marcel Kittel: Getting back to his best, Cavendish rivalry, and the Tour de France

Marcel Kittel sits down, stretches out and smiles. “This is great,” he says. ‘This’ is the sunlight in Girona, warming rays which see the mercury hit 25 degrees. Compared to much of Europe, that’s impressive for mid-March. The light is pointed right at the German sprinter, but both his shades and the shadows cast by …

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Candid Kittel: German sprinter opens up about Milan-San Remo non-selection, Cavendish

Already a winner five times this season, Marcel Kittel is one of the most high-profile absentees from the QuickStep Floors squad for Saturday’s Milan San Remo. The German rider has told CyclingTips that while he would have liked to have been selected for the race, that he can also see the logic behind the choices …

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Is Specialized pressuring riders to use disc brakes? Yes and no

The war of words surrounding the use of disc brakes in the pro peloton continued over the weekend, with Lotto-Soudal rider Adam Hansen claiming that American bike brand Specialized is forcing its sponsored riders — Tom Boonen, in particular — to publicly throw their support behind the technology, despite opposing them personally. “Tom Boonen was …

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Did a disc rotor slice Owain Doull’s shoe at Abu Dhabi Tour? It’s hard to say

Less than a year after Fran Ventoso’s injury at last year’s Paris-Roubaix, which he blamed on a disc-brake rotor, another incident is reported to have occurred at the Abu Dhabi Tour, this time involving Team Sky rider Owain Doull and QuickStep Floors sprinter Marcel Kittel. Doull and Kittel tangled in the closing kilometer of Stage …

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Two sides to every story: Grivko shares account of Dubai skirmish with Kittel that led to expulsion

He’s not as well known as Marcel Kittel. He wasn’t bloodied like the German rider was after their mid-race spat at the Dubai Tour. And he was kicked out of the race, while Kittel was not. But in a Facebook post Thursday, Ukrainian rider Andriy Grivko insisted there are two sides to every story, and that …

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Team Novo Nordisk CEO Southerland calls for more nuanced debate on TUEs

Responding to the debate on Therapeutic Use Exemptions in general and Marcel Kittel’s remarks in particular, Team Novo Nordisk CEO Phil Southerland has called for a more nuanced discussion on TUEs plus a better understanding of the circumstances for diabetics in sport. Earlier this month Kittel commented on TUEs, suggesting that those needing such exemptions …

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Photo gallery: 2016 Tour de France, Stage 15

Photography by Cor Vos, Jered & Ashley Gruber, Kristof Ramon, BrakeThrough Media Colombia’s Jarlinson Pantano out-sprinted Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) at the Tour de France Sunday to take a stellar victory for his IAM Cycling team, which is disbanding at the end of the season. Panatano and Majka were part of the original day’s breakaway, with …

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Photo gallery: 2016 Tour de France, Stage 14

Photography by Cor Vos, Jered & Ashley Gruber, Kristof Ramon Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) sprinted to his fourth stage win of the 2016 Tour de France on Saturday in Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) finished second with the green jersey of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) in third. The win marks the 30th stage win …

Kittel frustrated with Tour sprint ‘swerve’ from stage-winner Cavendish

VILLARS-LES-DOMBES, France (CT) – Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) will remain the victor of stage 14 of the 2016 Tour de France after the race jury dismissed Marcel Kittel’s claims of an irregular sprint. Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) was forced to brake in the stage-ending bunch kick as Cavendish moved into Kittel’s path, the German throwing his hand …

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