Marcel Kittel to resume racing at Tour of Poland

Having missed out on selection for the Tour de France, Marcel Kittel will make his comeback for Giant-Alpecin at the Tour of Poland

18 January 2015 17th Tour Down Under People's Choice Classic 1st : KITTEL Marcel (GER) Giant - Alpecin Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Marcel Kittel is targetting stage wins at the Tour of Poland next month, his first race since missing out on selection for Giant-Alpecin's Tour de France squad.

The German has suffered with a recurring illness this season, which has disrupted his season on a number of occasions.

After winning the opening race of the season at the People's Choice Classic in Australia, Kittel has only managed 22 racing days in 2015 with only one other top-10 finish.

The Tour of Poland kicks off in Warsaw on August 2 with six road stages before an individual time trial round Krakow on August 8.

“I am looking forward to racing again after a good period of training at home,” said Kittel. “The Tour de Pologne is a nice race to get back into racing and gain rhythm. As a team, we will be aiming to win sprint stages in Poland.”

Kittel was left out of Giant-Alpecin's Tour de France squad because of his lack of race fitness and described it as the most difficult times of his career.

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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.