The CyclingTips Weekly Quiz #11: How’s your form this week?

With the Giro d’Italia and Amgen Tour of California running simultaneously, along with all sorts of tech and doping hubbub, it’s been a big week in cycling. Here’s what we’ve brought you: Neal Rogers, in his latest ‘Weekly Spin’ column, brought an entertaining interview with George Bennett back from California. Dane Cash reported on the … The post The CyclingTips Weekly Quiz #11: How’s your form this week? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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VN Archives: 2013 Men’s Sprinter of the year – Marcel Kittel

VN Archives: 2013 Men’s Sprinter of the year – Marcel Kittel

After a dominating season where Marcel Kittel won 16 races including 4 stages of the Tour de France, we awarded the young German cyclist VELO Men's Sprinter of the Year. Read the full article at VN Archives: 2013 Men’s Sprinter of the year – Marcel Kittel on VeloNews.com .

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Katusha were ‘surprised’ by Kittel’s sudden exit

Katusha were ‘surprised’ by Kittel’s sudden exit

Despite difficulties with his form, Katusha-Alpecin officials had not expected Marcel Kittel's sudden departure from professional cycling Read the full article at Katusha were ‘surprised’ by Kittel’s sudden exit on VeloNews.com .

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Photo gallery: The best of Marcel Kittel’s career (so far)

Late last week German sprint ace Marcel Kittel and his Katusha-Alpecin team announced that they had mutually agreed to part ways. The news came as a surprise to most within the cycling scene, including us — while Kittel had certainly struggled since joining Katusha-Alpecin in 2018, an early contract termination didn’t seem to be on … The post Photo gallery: The best of Marcel Kittel’s career (so far) appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: George Bennett talks California, Kittel, and Game of Thrones

The last time George Bennett started the Amgen Tour of California, he won the race. He didn’t win any stages at the 2017 edition, but on the strength of several high placings in the mountains and a strong time trial, the 29-year-old Kiwi took the first (and only) pro victory of his career, ahead of … The post The weekly spin: George Bennett talks California, Kittel, and Game of Thrones appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Commentary: The new Mark Cavendish

Commentary: The new Mark Cavendish

The British sprinter recently took to social media to honor his longtime foe, Marcel Kittel Read the full article at Commentary: The new Mark Cavendish on VeloNews.com .

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Cavendish throws support behind troubled Kittel

Cavendish throws support behind troubled Kittel

Mark Cavendish has reiterated support for embattled German rival Marcel Kittel as he aims to put his own demons to bed at the Amgen Tour of California from Monday.

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Mamma Mia! Who’s Gonna Win this Giro?

Italy and mothers go together like pasta and meatballs, and it is fitting that this Giro will start the day prior to Mother’s Day (at least for the US and Italy). This year, having an Italian mother got some good press after Alberto “Mamma di Pasti” Bettiol won the Tour of Flanders. Bettiol earned that nickname from Jonathan Vaughters because like a good Italian son, he still lives with his mother and “suffers” on the bike from her pasta cooking and offering tendencies. I appreciate that, having a mamma di pasti of my own (what part of Italy is my mother from, you ask— well, Northern New Jersey). Embarrassingly, my two younger brothers lived with my mamma di pasti until their early 30s. My mamma di pasti still cried when they moved out. Anyway, I digress. Let’s bring this mother back to the Giro. Perhaps my favorite chapter of Dino ...

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Mark Cavendish: Before Marcel Kittel I felt invincible

Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel shake hands ahead of stage 2

Mark Cavendish has paid tribute to Marcel Kittel , saying his rivalry with the German sprinter raised his own level and enhanced the sport as a whole. Cavendish was the dominant force in world sprinting until Kittel came along and won eight stages at the Tour de France between 2013 and 2014. They have exchanged blows for several years, with Cavendish the top dog at the 2016 Tour with four stage wins and Kittel at the 2017 Tour with five wins. Both have struggled with their health and form in recent years and on Thursday Kittel made the shock announcement that he was stepping away from the sport . While the 30-year-old voiced his desire to return to the fold at some point in the future, he said he needed to “put my happiness and joy above everything and seek ways to find this also in my future”. On Friday ...

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Kittel terminates Katusha contract to take break from cycling

Kittel terminates Katusha contract to take break from cycling

German sprinter Marcel Kittel has terminated his contract with Team Katusha by mutual agreement to take a break from cycling, the rider and the team announced on Thursday.

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Lefevere: Kittel is still the fastest in the world – I can't believe he's done

Mercel Kittel in the green jersey after stage 11

Deceuninck-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere believes Marcel Kittel can bounce back from adversity once again, claiming the German sprinter is "still the fastest rider in the peloton". It was announced on Thursday that Kittel is taking a break from cycling and that his contract with Katusha-Alpecin has been terminated with immediate effect and by mutual consent. "It was for me a long decision process where I raised a lot of questions about how and where I want to go as a person and athlete and what is really important to me," Kittel said. "From now on I will put my happiness and joy above everything and seek ways to find this also in my future." The 30-year-old hinted at a possible return to competition at some point in the future, and his former boss Lefevere cannot see him not making a comeback at some point. "I cannot believe he is done," ...

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Marcel Kittel parts ways with Katusha before end of contract

Kittel wins stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico

Supported by After a disappointing debut season with Katusha in 2018, Marcel Kittel seemed to be on his way to bouncing back when he started 2019 with a win at the Trofeo Palma and a second place at the Clasica de Almerica. Since then, results have been hard to come by. Just this week it was announced … The post Marcel Kittel parts ways with Katusha before end of contract appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Kittel and Katusha-Alpecin mutually terminate contract

Kittel and Katusha-Alpecin mutually terminate contract

Joe Robinson 9 May 2019 Rider ends time with team after difficult 18 months that brought just two victories Marcel Kittel and his Katusha-Alpecin team have agreed to mutually terminate the rider's contract, bringing an end to his torrid season with the squad. The team confirmed in a press release that the contract would cease with immediate effect and included a long statement from Kittel explaining why he would be stepping away. The 30-year-old cited an inability to 'train and race at the highest level' for his decision, and added: 'I believe that everyone has his strengths and weaknesses and that it is an ongoing process to deal with them within a team to be strong and successful. 'In the last two months, I have had the feeling of being exhausted. At this moment, I am not able to train and race at the highest level. For this reason, I ...

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Marcel Kittel has left Katusha Alpecin by mutual consent

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Kittel says his contract has been terminated early “on his request", citing exhaustion and "not being able to train and race at the highest level"

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Kittel withdraws from Tour of California

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin)

Marcel Kittel 's return to racing has struck a further delay, with the German sprinter now pulling out of the Amgen Tour of California . Kittel hasn’t raced since finishing 99th at Scheldeprijs on April 10, and his California absence follows a late withdrawal from last week’s Tour de Yorkshire. Katusha-Alpecin confirmed the news to Cyclingnews on Wednesday, giving the same explanation as for Yorkshire, that Kittel is not healthy enough and not ready to race. The withdrawal is the latest setback in a difficult period for the 30-year-old, and leaves him with a mountain to climb if he is to get back on track for the Tour de France, which starts in just under two months. After a disappointing first season with Katusha in 2018, Kittel underwent blood tests to get to the bottom of his problems, and it seemed like he had put things right when he won ...

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How to watch the Tour of California 2019 live

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Our complete guide to this year's Tour of California coverage

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Oss, Schachmann to back Sagan at Tour of California

Peter Sagan shows off his new nameplate

Bora-Hansgrohe have revealed the six riders who will back Peter Sagan at the Amgen Tour of California from May 12-18, with strongman Daniel Oss and recent Ardennes revelation Max Schachmann leading the charge to back the 'King of California' as Sagan hopes to add to his record 16 stage wins. Also on Bora-Hansgrohe's roster for the seven-day WorldTour race are Juraj Sagan, Erik Baska, Oscar Gatto and recent Tour of Turkey overall winner Felix Grossschartner. Sagan has had a slow start to his season so far, with his only win coming during a stage at the season-opening Tour Down Under in January. Since then, the three-time world champion has come close in the spring Classics, but has just missed out on landing on the podium. Following a short break after abandoning Flèche Wallonne and choosing to skip Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Sagan travelled to California on May 4 to prepare for the race ...

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Zabel steps in for Kittel and saves Katusha at Tour de Yorkshire

Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin)

Rick Zabel scored his first in almost four years to relieve the pressure on his Katusha-Alpecin team. The German took stage 2 at the Tour de Yorkshire in Bedale with Boy Van Poppel and Chris Lawless rounding out the top three. The win was Katusha-Alpecin’s second victory of the year. "That's a big relief. It's just the second win for me as a professional. It feels very good and I almost forgot how it feels to win. It's a good feeling to win again," Zabel said after his win. Katusha-Alpecin has struggled for results all year with Marcel Kittel unable to find his groove. The team put in a rousing performance in Paris-Roubaix through Nils Politt's second place but on the eve of the Tour de Yorkshire Kittel pulled out of the race. Zabel, who typically rides as a lead-out man for Kittel, stepped up in Bedale and the relief ...

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Kittel pulls out of Tour de Yorkshire due to health issues

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin)

Marcel Kittel has pulled out of the Tour de Yorkshire at late notice due to "health issues", the Katusha-Alpecin team confirmed to Cyclingnews on Wednesday. The German sprinter has endured a difficult start to the 2019 season, and things don't appear to be improving, with two months to go until the Tour de France. Kittel, whose last appearance came with 99th place at Scheldeprijs on April 10, had recently added the Tour de Yorkshire to his programme, with the four-day race running from May 2-5 this week. However, after being announced as one of the big-name riders, he decided not to travel to the UK on Wednesday. The Katusha-Alpecin team would only cite "health issues", explaining that things had not improved since April and stating that "he is not healthy enough to race". The team nevertheless confirmed that Kittel is still due to ride the Tour of California later this ...

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Nowt to be ‘appy about

Tour de Yorkshire preview As a teenager, I moved from Yorkshire to British Columbia. Imagine my surprise when, if asked how people were doing, they said “good,” “really well”, or even “great.” Not in Yorkshire. “Fair to middling,” “mustn’t grumble,” and “not so bad.” That’s what I grew up with. You could see that as miserable, dour and stand-offish, and many do. Or you could see it as a cautious realism, and a desire to see what happens before getting too enthusiastic. Either way, Yorkshire is not a place where people whoop with joy. I mention this because “fair to middling” is about my level of enthusiasm for this year’s Tour de Yorkshire. I’ve written about the last two editions and I have been very proud of the emergence of this race. It has served as a bridge between the Grand Depart of 2015 and the World Championships of the ...

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