Team KATUSHA ALPECIN will head to the Tour of Britain without sprinter Marcel Kittel.
Marcel Kittel: Unfortunately for precautionary reasons, I won’t start in the Tour of Britain on Sunday. In my current situation, it makes no sense to race. I have to wait for the results of further examinations. The risk would be too high.
The Tour of Britain would have been one of my highlights in the second half of the season. I have wonderful memories of 2014: not only my two stage wins in the Grand Depart of the Tour de France but also the double stage win in the Tour of Britain are well remembered. The British are an enthusiastic and competent cycling community. It’s a pity not to be able to stand at the start line.
Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’s lineup for the 2018 edition:
Alex DOWSETT (GB), Tony MARTIN (GER), Nils POLITT (GER), Mads WÜRTZ SCHMIDT (DEN), Dmitry STRAKHOV (RUS), Rick ZABEL (GER)