Marcel Kittel beats André Greipel to win opener in Volta ao Algarve

The German continued his fine early form by beating compatriot Greipel in the stage one sprint finish

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Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) continues his rich vein of early season form on the first stage of the 2016 Volta ao Algarve by sprinting ahead of André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) to the victory.

The Germans went head-to-head for the first time this season in the Portuguese race, with both their sprint trains active in trying to set-up the finish for their fast men.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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