Kittel confirmed for Milan-San Remo debut

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) counts up his wins

Marcel Kittel will make his Milan-San Remo debut on Saturday after he was named in the Katusha-Alpecin team for the race. Kittel will be joined in the seven-man team by lead-out man Rick Zabel, Nils Politt, Maxim Belkov, José Gonçalves, Simon Spilak and Nathan Haas, who will give the team an option over the Cipressa and Poggio. After an unsteady start to life on his new team, Kittel hit his stride at Tirreno-Adriatico, winning both bunch sprints. The German opened his account by beating Peter Sagan in Follonica on stage 2 and he again edged out the world champion to claim stage 6 in Fano on Monday. A professional since 2011, Kittel has never participated in Milan-San Remo. At Giant-Shimano, Kittel’s fellow countryman John Degenkolb led the line at the Italian Monument, and won it in 2015. During Kittel’s two years at Quick-Step, Fernando Gaviria was the team’s designated sprinter ...

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