Marcel Kittel: ‘We saw where our mistakes were and what we have to do better’

The German sprinter says his new team are calm about failing to take a win in their first race, with an eye on rectifying it at the Abu Dhabi Tour

Marcel Kittel with his Katusha-Alpecin team-mates at the 2018 Dubai Tour (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Marcel Kittel and Katusha-Alpecin are learning from their early-season sprint mistakes to try and win their first race since joining forces for 2018.

The German sprinter, victor of 14 Tour de France stages, left Quick-Step over the winter to lead Katusha's sprint team. Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and others have already won, but Kittel is still looking for his first after missing out in the Dubai Tour at the beginning of February.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.