'I felt unbeatable until he came along': Mark Cavendish pays tribute to great rival Marcel Kittel

Cavendish has thanked Kittel for being a rival that lifted his game after the German quit Katusha-Alpecin to take a break from racing

Marcel Kittel wins the Scheldeprijs 2016 (Graham Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) has paid tribute to his long-term rival Marcel Kittel after the German quit his Katusha-Alpecin team to take a break from racing.

Cavendish, who has won 30 stages of the Tour de France, said Kittel was "the first rider he ever had to 'work out' how to try and beat" in a series of tweets paying tribute to the sprinter.

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