Marcel Kittel Wins Opening Stage At 2014 Tour of Britain

Marcel Kittel claimed his fourth win in five races in the UK this year when he took flight under the Liver Birds down the Strand in Liverpool for victory in the opening stage of the Friends Life Tour of Britain. The German outsprinted Nicola Ruffoni and Mark Cavendish in Liverpool, to win the stage and take the race lead and the first Friends Life Yellow Jersey of 2014. The powerful Giant … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Puts a Stranglehold On The Tour de France

PARIS, July 27, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali fought back tears as he stood on the Tour de France winner's podium and described the moment as better than he ever expected. Nibali completed his victory at the 2014 Tour by finishing safely in the pack on Sunday's 21st and final stage from Evry to Paris, won by German Marcel Kittel. "It's the most important and the best moment, I never … [Read more...]

Andre Greipel Relieved After Tour de France Win

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN REIMS, France, July 10, 2014 (AFP) - Andre Greipel admitted he was relieved after finally returning to sprint form to claim Thursday's sixth stage of the Tour de France in style. The German had been out of sorts in sprints so far during the Tour, managing one sixth-placed finish on Tuesday's fourth stage while compatriot Marcel Kittel dazzled, winning … [Read more...]

Marcel Kittel Is Unstoppable At Tour de France Stage 4

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LILLE, France, July 08, 2014 (AFP) - Marcel Kittel continued his incredible domination of the sprint finishes by claiming his third stage out of four at the Tour de France on Tuesday. But there was a scare for defending champion Chris Froome who crashed early on and injured his left wrist. There were no such worries for Vincenzo Nibali, though, who … [Read more...]

Tour de France Stage 3 Ends In ‘Awesome’ Marcel Kittel Sprint

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LONDON, July 07, 2014 (AFP) - Marcel Kittel celebrated winning what he called an "awesome" Tour de France stage in front of Buckingham Palace as he emphasised his status as the best sprinter in the world on Monday. The 26-year-old German won his second stage out of three at this year's Grand Boucle as he proved too strong for the sprint competition on the … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish Dislocates Collarbone As Kittel Wins

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN HARROGATE, United Kingdom, July 05, 2014 (AFP) - British sprint king Mark Cavendish dislocated his collarbone in a crash as German Marcel Kittel won the opening stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate on Saturday. Cavendish, 29, had been aiming to win the 190.5km stage from Leeds to the town where his mother was born but his hopes came crashing down as he … [Read more...]

Marcel Kittel Hungry Ahead of Tour de France Start

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LEEDS, United Kingdom, July 02, 2014 (AFP) - Sprint king Marcel Kittel says his hands are already wet with anticipation ahead of Saturday's Tour de France start in Leeds. The 26-year-old burst onto the sprint scene last year, winning four Tour stages, including both the opening one in Corsica, which put him into yellow, and the final stage on the Champs … [Read more...]

Ji Cheng Set To Make Tour de France History

PARIS, June 25, 2014 (AFP) - Ji Cheng is set to make history as the first Chinese rider on the Tour de France after being named in the Team Giant-Shimano for the gruelling event. The 26-year-old became the first Chinese to ride in a Grand Tour when he completed the Spanish Vuelta in 2012, later going on to compete in the Giro d'Italia a year later, although he failed to finish. … [Read more...]

Marcel Kittel Out Of Giro d’Italia Due To Fever

BARI, Italy, May 13, 2014 (AFP) - Germany's Marcel Kittel, winner of two of the first three stages of the Giro d'Italia, withdrew before the start of Tuesday's fourth stage because of a fever. "I am very disappointed about leaving the Giro after such a strong start in good condition, but I do not feel healthy and I am not in the position to start the race in this condition," said Kittel, … [Read more...]

A Soggy Giro d’Italia Stage 2 Ends In Sprint

by Richard MOORE BELFAST, United Kingdom, May 10, 2014 (AFP) - Australia's Michael Matthews is the Giro d'Italia's new leader, having taken the pink jersey from his Orica-GreenEdge team-mate Svein Tuft after German sprinter Marcel Kittel won Saturday's second stage. "The plan was to win (Friday's) team time-trial, to give Svein the jersey for his birthday, and then for me to … [Read more...]