'You miss the big sprinters' : How absence of Cavendish & Kittel has changed the Tour de France sprints

Riders give their views on how Tour de France sprints change without two of the race's best ever sprinters

Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel at the Abu Dhabi Tour 2017 (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto)

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After Mark Cavendish was excluded from the Dimension Data Tour de France roster and Marcel Kittel took indefinite leave from the sport, how have the race's sprints changed?

Riders at the Tour explain how the absence of Kittel, who won 14 stages, and Cavendish, with 30 stages, has affected the 2019 edition.

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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.