Kittel and Zakarin lead Katusha-Alpecin at Tour de France

Tony Martin and Ilnur Zakarin lead Katusha-Alpecin on a training ride

Katusha-Alpecin have confirmed their line-up for the Tour de France , with the team divided between helping Marcel Kittel in the sprints and backing Ilnur Zakarin for the overall classification. Tony Martin is also part of the eight-rider team and will help set up Kittel’s lead out and target stage victories and the time trials. Kittel will have the support and lead out from Rick Zabel and Nils Politt, while Zakarin can count on the USA’s Ian Boswell, Robert Kiserlovski and Pavel Kochetcov. Zakarin has again kept a low profile as he prepared for the Tour de France. He finished 10th overall at the Criterium du Dauphine thanks to two top-10 places on the key mountain stages. He finished fifth and third in the 2017 Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana and will target the Tour de France for just the second time in his career. Kittel won two sprints ...

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