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Kittel hopes for German stage victory

In the first scoop of the Tour de France, former cycling star Marcel Kittel believes a German duo can pull off the big coup on Wednesday.

The 153.4 kilometers from Lille to Arensberg also include 19.4 kilometers of notorious cobblestones. “That’s the best chance. I’m looking particularly at John Degenkolb, who has already won a cobblestone stage on the Tour and also Paris-Roubaix. Nils Politt is also one of the favourites, he has experience and also a good team,” said the 34-year-old Thuringian in an interview with Sportradio Deutschland before the selective fifth stage.

Kittel, himself a 14-time stage winner on the tour, is satisfied with the performance of the German pros in the “Grande Boucle”. “The first week is for class riders like Lennard Kämna and Maximilian Schachmann to get into the tour and, above all, not to lose any time. That’s why they did a great job and positioned themselves well,” said the former sprinter, who started his career ended in 2019.

In an interview with the sports radio, Kittel came out as a “repentant sinner” – in terms of nutrition. He often didn’t take it that seriously. “The drivers aren’t in prison, every athlete can judge their own diet,” said Kittel, “I thought it was great when I put a pancake with Nutella on my plate for dessert, that’s really on my mind too helped. I was also looking forward to dark chocolate, it doesn’t make you fat.”

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