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.
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.