Marcel Kittel ready to continue winning streak at the Tour de France

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German sprinter Marcel Kittel is in a position to take first blood at tomorrow's flat Tour de France opener buoyed with the knowledge he has beaten his marquee rivals more than once this season.

The 25-year-old attended yesterday's low-key team presentation in Porto-Vecchio without the cruiser he made a flashy entrance on 12 months ago in Liege. But he was armed with the two clear goals of winning a stage and finishing the 100th edition of the race.

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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.