According to Marcel Kittel, there are some things a professional cyclist can never achieve, and one of them is winning five Tour de France stages.
Yes, your read that well, German rider truly believes that is an impossible thing to happen for him and also, he strongly disagrees with Froome’s decision to become part of the Tour even though he continues to be under Investigation by the UCI for his salbutamol case which begun in December 2017.
Kittle said that this year, he is by all means not aiming to repeat last year’s history when he grabbed five stage wins and then saw himself obligated to abandon the Tour following a horrifying crash during the final week.
“You can never set the goal to go for five stage wins in the Tour. That is why we first go for one stage victory, as I used to do in the past. That’s better,” Kittel said.
Going in the right direction
Kittel admitted that despite facing a tough challenge trying to settle into a new sprint train this season, he strongly believes that all his hard work is sending him in the right direction.
“The beginning of the year was tough and I was not as successful as I had hoped. Yet, I feel that I’m on the right track. Of course, I would have liked to win a few more races. But on the other hand, I do not think I have given it away in many places. It is also not easy to put a perfect sprint train on track in a relatively short time,” Kittel added.
“We are working hard on it. Rick Zabel, Nils Politt and Tony Martin are super committed, but the loss of Marco Haller is a disadvantage.”