Marcel Kittel: Rider Profile

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Marcel Kittel at the 2016 Dubai Tour
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MARCEL KITTEL

Date of birth: 11/05/1988

From: Germany

Team: Etixx-QuickStep

Previous teams: Giant-Alpecin (2011-2015), Thüringer Energie Team (2007-2010)

Twitter: @marcelkittel

Website: www.marcelkittel.de

Marcel Kittel career profile

Marcel Kittel ended his espoir career with a bronze medal in the 2010 under-23 UCI Time Trial World Championships in Geelong, Australia.

He made his professional debut with then Professional Continental outfit Skil-Shimano in 2011 where his aptitude as a sprinter was quickly noted and nurtured.

Kittel was dubbed the most successful ever neo-professional that season. He amassed 17 victories, from the Tour of Langkawi in January to the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in October, finishing second to only Philippe Gilbert, who recorded 18, in the 2011 victory ranking.

Kittel made his debut at the Vuelta a Espana the same season and won his, and the team’s, maiden Grand Tour triumph taking line honours at the end of stage seven.

In 2012 he won the semi-classic Scheldeprijs in the absence of Mark Cavendish and then beat the Manxman in a fair sprint in 2013 to claim his second consecutive title.

His team acquired a top-tier WorldTour licence, and was re-branded Argos-Shimano, prior to the 2013 season, and the young Kittel was again at the helm of its success.

The German, in winning stage two of Paris-Nice, marked the squad’s first WorldTour victory as a WorldTour team.

Illness cut his Tour de France debut short and Kittel was forced to abandon in the first week.

However, he returned with a vengeance in 2013 winning four stages in what was a bookend performance.

Kittel won the Grand Depart to take the first yellow jersey of the race. He best Andre Greipel and then Cavendish, in stages 10 and 12, respectively, before cementing his name as the fastest sprinter of that Tour with victory on the Champs Elysees.

An illness-plagued 2015 season saw him struggling to maintain any sort of form. A promising start with a win in the People's Choice Classic in Australia was followed by months of mediocre performances and non-starts, and he missed the 2015 Tour de France.

Kittel switched teams to Etixx-QuickStep for 2016 and immediately returned to top form, claiming the overall victory in the Dubai Tour.

Marcel Kittel results
2016
Dubai Tour; stage one

Dubai Tour; stage four

Dubai Tour; overall

Dubai Tour; points classification

Volta ao Algarve; stage one

Volta ao Algarve; stage four

Volta ao Algarve; points classification

Three Days of De Panne; stage 3a

Scheldeprijs

Tour de Romandie; stage one

Giro d'Italia; stage two

Giro d'Italia; stage three

2015

People's Choice Classic

Tour of Poland; stage one

2014

Tour Down Under; Classic

Dubai Tour; stage two

Dubai Tour; stage three

Dubai Tour; stage four

Dubai Tour; points classification

Scheldeprijs

Giro d'Italia; stage two

Giro d'Italia; stage three

Ster ZLM Toer; stage one

Tour de France; stage one

Tour de France; stage three

Tour de France; stage four

Tour of Britain; stage one

Tour of Britain; stage 8b

2013

Tour of Oman; stage one

Paris-Nice; stage two

Scheldeprijs

Tour of Turkey; stage one

Tour of Turkey; stage seven

Tour of Turkey; stage eight

Tour de Picardie; stage one

Tour de Picardie; stage three

Tour de Picardie; overall

ProRace Berlin

Ster ZLM Toer; stage two

Tour de France; stage one

Tour de France; stage 10

Tour de France; stage 12

Tour de France; stage 21

Omloop van het Houtland-Lichtervelde

2012

Etoile de Besseges; stage two

Tour of Oman; stage three

Tour of Oman; stage six

Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde; stage two

Scheldeprijs

Ster ZLM Toer; stage one

Ster ZLM Toer; stage four

Eneco Tour; stage one

Eneco Tour; stage four

Omloop van het Houtland-Lichtervelde

Franco-Belge; stage two

Franco-Belge; stage three

Munsterland Giro

2011

Tour of Langkawi; stage three

Four Days of Dunkirk; stage one

Four Days of Dunkirk; stage two

Four Days of Dunkirk; stage three

Four Days of Dunkirk; stage five

ProRace Berlin

Delta Tour Zeeland; stage one

Delta Tour Zeeland; overall

Tour of Poland; stage one

Tour of Poland; stage two

Tour of Poland; stage three

Tour of Poland; stage seven

Vuelta a Espana; stage seven

Koolskamp

Munsterland Giro

Jayco Herald Sun Tour; stage three

Jayco Herald Sun Tour; stage five

2010

Festningsrittet; stage two

2009

Tour du Haut Anjou; stage four

Fleche du Sud; stage one

Fleche du Sud; stage three

U23 European Championships; individual time trial

2008

Memorial Davide Fardelli

EXTERNAL LINKS

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Instagram: www.instagram.com/marcelkittel