Marcel Kittel hopes wins Down Under will ease early pressure

Team Giant-Alpecin sprinter Marcel Kittel looks ahead to his trip to Australia, where he hopes to start as he means to go on

Marcel Kittel wins, Tour of Britain 2014 stage one

Marcel Kittel says performing well at the Tour Down Under will lift some of the early-season pressure from his shoulders.

The German sprinter notched up his first win in 2014 at the People’s Choice Classic in Adelaide, but failed to break the top-50 in any stage of the Tour Down Under.

But, like any sprinter, Kittel likes to get that winning feeling as early in the year as possible rather than suffer a lingering wait for glory.

“Hopefully the Tour Down Under can be a good start to my season, that's what I've had for the last two years there,” he told Cycling Weekly at the Team Giant-Alpecin launch in Berlin.

“I really like the place and the good weather, though at the moment it's maybe a bit too hot, but it's good to get the first kilometres in my legs.

“The big goal that every sprinter has is to win early in the season and lift the pressure.”

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Team Giant-Alpecin squad for the Tour Down Under

Marcel Kittel

Simon Geschke

Lawson Craddock

Koen de Kort

Tom Dumoulin

Albert Timmer

Chad Haga

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.