Why the battle of the German sprinters will be one of the most fascinating storylines of 2016

Only one rider will get to lead Germany at the World Championships in Qatar, but will it be Marcel Kittel, Andre Greipel or John Degenkolb?

Andre Greipel, Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb (Watson)

Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel locked horns for the first time in 2016 at the Volta ao Algarve to start what is likely to be a season-long battle for dominance.

For the majority of the sprinters in the peloton, the season will be building up to one thing - the flat, fast course at the World Championships in Qatar this October.

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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.