Marcel Kittel: I'm looking forward to 2014

Marcel Kittel wins, Tour de France 2013, stage 21

Marcel Kittel was the fastest sprinter at the Tour de France this year but continues to avoid boastful titles preferring to let his performances speak for themselves.

The German is currently in Japan having participated in Saturday's Saitama Criterium - an exhibition race designed to promote the Tour and cycling there - and is set to begin pre-season upon return.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.