Marcel Kittel discusses his season’s goals ahead of Etixx-Quick Step debut

Cycling Weekly talks to Marcel Kittel about his goals for the season and how he's going to bounce back from his disastrous 2015 season
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Marcel Kittel makes his debut in Etixx-Quick Step kit at the Dubai Tour, starting on Wednesday, and says he already feels part of his new team.

Having left Giant-Alpecin in slightly acrimonious circumstances with a year left on his contract, Kittel was instantly snapped up by Patrick Lefevere’s team to replace the departing Mark Cavendish.

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As he looks to put his disastrous 2015 season behind him, Kittel sat down with Cycling Weekly at the team training camp in Calpe to discuss how he’s settled with his new team.

“We’ve set up a very good plan that allows me time to relax and have preparation races and also have goals for the races at which I want to be successful,” he told Cycling Weekly.

“That makes it easier because you don’t start every race thinking that you really have to win that day and that takes away a bit of the pressure.”

Kittel will come face-to-face with old adversary Cavendish at the Dubai Tour, with the Manxman, now riding for Dimension Data, coming in as defending champion.