Marcel Kittel, Tour de France 2012 presentation

Dutchman Koen de Kort is hopeful his Argos-Shimano team can contest a sprint at the Tour de France this week with its leader Marcel Kittel starting to recover from a stomach bug.

Race debutant Kittel was named as a man to beat in the flat finishes this year but has so far not been able to play a hand.

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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.