Marcel Kittel

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Marcel Kittel
Marcel Kittel, 2013 Tour Down Under.jpg
Kittel at the 2013 Tour Down Under
Personal information
Full name Marcel Kittel
Born (1988-05-11) 11 May 1988 (age 26)
Arnstadt, East Germany
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight 82 kg (181 lb; 12.9 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Giant-Shimano
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Amateur team(s)
2007–2010 Thüringer Energie Team
Professional team(s)
2011– Skil-Shimano
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
8 individual stages (2013, 2014)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2011)
Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages (2014)

One-day races and Classics

Scheldeprijs (2012, 2013, 2014)
Omloop van het Houtland (2012)
Münsterland Giro (2012)
Infobox last updated on
16 July 2014

Marcel Kittel (born 11 May 1988) is a German racing cyclist, who rides for Giant-Shimano.[2] As a junior, he specialized in time trials, even winning a bronze medal in the World Championships for cyclist under 23 years. When he became a professional in 2011, he specialized in bunch sprints, and he has won stages in each of the three Grand Tours.

Career[edit]

Kittel made his Tour de France debut in 2012 when he was selected as leader of his team for the 2012 Tour de France, where he would compete for stage wins and the green jersey.[3] However he withdrew an hour into stage 5, after suffering from a viral infection of the stomach and intestines from stage 2, the fourth retirement of the 2012 Tour.[4] He bounced back in the beginning of August, when he won the first stage of the Eneco Tour, the first event in his return to racing. The only rider who was competitive with him in the final bunch sprint was Frenchman Arnaud Démare (FDJ-BigMat).[5] After bad luck struck on stage 3, where he suffered a flat tyre with 5 kilometres to go,[6] Kittel prevailed again on stage 4. He congratulated his teammates Tom Veelers and John Degenkolb for their work in the final kilometers, as they sheltered him from the wind before he propelled himself toward the finish line and the victory.[7] At the end of 2012, as the cycling world was affected by the Lance Armstrong doping case revelations, Kittel took a vocal anti-doping stance by stating that he was "sick" of the people who still defended Armstrong in the cycling community.[8]

In 2013, Kittel's team Argos-Shimano was promoted to the first division of the sport and was granted World Tour status.[9] Kittel won the first stage of the Tour of Oman in a massive sprint, his first success of the season.[10] In the 2013 Tour de France, Kittel found incredible success as a sprinter. He finished first in the Tour's first stage in Corsica and took the inaugural Maillot jaune of the 100th Tour de France. He lost the yellow jersey the next day, however, to Jan Bakelants of RadioShack-Leopard. Kittel was not done in this Tour, though, he would go on to win the 10th, and 12th stages. On the final stage, Kittel triumphed again on the Champs-Élysées; ending the four-year winning streak of Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider Mark Cavendish. He would finish 4th in the Green Jersey points standings.

Kittel started the 2014 season by winning three stages in-a-row at the Dubai Tour. On the third stage, he survived two short climbs near the end of the race and won the sprint of a greatly reduced group.[11] In the 2014 Giro d'Italia, Kittel won stages 2 and 3 before abandoning the race between stage 3 and 4. He repeated his effort from last year's Tour de France as he won stage 1 and took the yellow jersey, but lost it to Vincenzo Nibali on stage 2. However, Kittel won both stage 3 and 4. He also won the final stage 21 on the Champs-Élysées repeating 2013's victory in Paris. In September, Kittel won the opening stage of the Tour of Britain by outsprinting Nicola Ruffoni and Mark Cavendish.[12] He also won the closing stage by outsprinting the same pair.[13]

Palmarès[edit]

Source:[14]

2004
1st JerseyGermany.png National Novices Road Race Championships
2005
1st MaillotMundial.PNG World Juniors Time Trial Championships
2nd National Junior Time Trial Championships
2006
1st MaillotMundial.PNG World Juniors Time Trial Championships
1st JerseyGermany.png National Juniors Team Time Trial Championships
with Lucas Schädlich, Markus Fahnert & Benjamin Hentschel
2007
1st JerseyGermany.png National Under-23 Time Trial Championships
1st Stage 4 Brandenburg Rundfahrt
2008
1st Grosser Silber-Pils Preiss
1st Memorial Davide Fardelli
2nd Overall Brandenburg Rundfahrt
1st Stage 5
2009
1st Gold medal.svg European Under-23 Time Trial Championships
Flèche du Sud
1st Stages 1 & 3
1st Stage 4 Tour du Haut Anjou
1st Stage 6 Thüringen Rundfahrt
4th World Under-23 Time Trial Championships
2010
1st JerseyGermany.png National Under-23 Time Trial Championships
Tour de Moselle
1st Stages 2 & 4
2nd Overall Mainfranken-Tour
3rd World Under-23 Time Trial Championships
3rd Overall Festningsrittet
1st Stage 2
2011
1st Overall Delta Tour Zeeland
1st Stage 1
1st ProRace Berlin
1st Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
1st Münsterland Giro
1st Amstel Curaçao Race
Four Days of Dunkirk
1st Stages 1, 2, 3 & 5
Tour de Pologne
1st Stages 1, 2, 3 & 7
Herald Sun Tour
1st Stages 3 & 5
1st Stage 3 Tour de Langkawi
1st Stage 7 Vuelta a España
2nd Rund um Köln
2012
1st Scheldeprijs
1st Omloop van het Houtland
1st Münsterland Giro
Ster ZLM Toer
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 4
Tour of Oman
1st Stages 3 & 6
Eneco Tour
1st Stages 1 & 4
Tour de l'Eurometropole
1st Stages 2 & 3
1st Stage 2 Étoile de Bessèges
1st Stage 2 Three Days of De Panne
2013
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Picardie
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 3
1st Scheldeprijs
1st Omloop van het Houtland
Tour de France
1st Stages 1, 10, 12 & 21
Held Jersey yellow.svg after Stage 1
Held Jersey green.svg after Stages 1 & 2
Tour of Turkey
1st Stages 1, 7 & 8
1st Stage 1 Tour of Oman
1st Stage 2 Paris–Nice
1st ProRace Berlin
6th Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st Stage 2
2014
1st People's Choice Classic
1st Scheldeprijs
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 2 & 3
Held Jersey red.svg after Stages 2 & 3
1st Stage 1 Ster ZLM Toer
Tour de France
1st Stages 1, 3, 4 & 21
Held Jersey yellow.svg after Stage 1
Held Jersey green.svg after Stage 1
Tour of Britain
1st Stages 1 & 8b
5th Overall Three Days of De Panne
6th Overall Dubai Tour
1st Stages 2, 3 & 4
1st Jersey red.svg Points classification
6th Vattenfall Cyclassics

Grand Tour record[edit]

2011 2012 2013 2014
Giro DNE DNE DNE DNS-4
Stages won - - - 2
Points classification - - - -
Tour DNE DNF-5 166 161
Stages won - 0 4 4
Points classification - - 4 4
Vuelta DNF-12 DNE DNE DNE
Stages won 1 - - -
Points classification - - - -
Legend
1 Winner
2–3 Top three-finish
4–10 Top ten-finish
11– Other finish
DNE Did Not Enter
DNF-x Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not Ranked in this classification

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Marcel Kittel profile". 
  2. ^ "Argos-Shimano completed by Parisien". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 26 October 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kittel leads Argos-Shimano at Tour de France". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 19 June 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Decaluwé, Brecht (5 July 2012). "Kittel quits Tour de France on stage five". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Kittel makes winning return at Eneco Tour". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 7 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Atkins, Ben (9 August 2012). "Kittel sprints to stage four as Boonen sneaks into the lead". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kittel takes second win at Eneco Tour". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Kittel "sick" of Armstrong supporters". CyclingNews (Future Publishing Limited). 26 October 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Argos-Shimano Team celebrates its new WorldTour license". CyclingNews (Future Publishing Limited). 10 December 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Tour of Oman: Marcel Kittel Wins Stage 1". Bicycling. AFP. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Stokes, Shane (7 February 2014). "Kittel grabs another stage win in Dubai Tour, Phinney resists attacks on final climbs". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Tour of Britain: Kittel wins stage 1 in Liverpool". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 7 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Kittel wins final Tour of Britain stage". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 14 September. Retrieved 14 September 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  14. ^ Profile at Cycling Archives

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