Kittel makes late switch from Paris-Nice to Tirreno-Adriatico

Marcel Kittel is yet to his straps at the race

Marcel Kittel has made a late switch to his spring race programme, opting to ride Tirreno-Adriatico instead of Paris-Nice, as he chases his first sprint victory with Katusha-Alpecin . Kittel has ridden the Dubai Tour and the Abu Dhabi Tour but failed to win a stage as he and his new teammates worked on perfecting their lead out train. Kittel finished third in a sprint at the Dubai Tour and second on stage 3 of the Abu Dhabi Tour, when he was edged out by fellow German Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) after thinking he had won . Kittel was expected to be part of the Katusha-Alpecin squad for Paris-Nice and target the likely sprint finishes on stages two and three. However, he was not named in the seven-rider line-up on Thursday, despite previously being listed on the start list on the official race website by organisers ASO. Maurits Lammertink appears ...

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