Demol targets more signings as Katusha build around Politt after Roubaix result

Nils Politt pounds his huge frame – bike and body – over the cobbles

At the start of 2018, if you had asked most cycling fans who Nils Politt was, they would have probably shrugged before tentatively replying: "Isn't he one of Marcel Kittel's lead-out men?" At that point, it wasn't an entirely erroneous presumption. The German was certainly an early pace-setter for Kittel in the sprints last year but seventh in Paris-Roubaix illustrated his ability in the Classics. This season the German has distanced himself altogether from the lead-out man tag with a breakthrough spring that included sixth in E3 BinckBank, fifth in the Tour of Flanders and second in Sunday's Paris-Roubaix. "He's more than that. He's more than a lead-out rider," his Katusha-Alpecin director, Dirk Demol told Cyclingnews on Sunday. "He was second in the Paris-Nice time trial. He can sprint, he can do a lead-out and it's just the high mountains that aren't for him." Politt - still just 25 - ...

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