There's nothing but love between Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb

Team Giant-Alpecin sprinters Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb insist there is no rivalry between the pair, just friendship and respect

Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb watch anxiously as Germany play in the World Cup Football Final

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Two riders with similar objectives – often a scenario which leads to disharmony within a professional team, but a pair of Team Giant-Alpecin sprinters are not expecting friction any time soon.

In Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb, Giant-Alpecin has a double act that has notched up 21 Grand Tour stage wins, including eight by Kittel at the Tour de France across the last two editions.

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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.