16.08.2017 14:30

Team KATUSHA ALPECIN have signed a 2-year deal with world class sprinter Marcel Kittel

 

Team KATUSHA ALPECIN has made a two-year agreement with Marcel Kittel, bringing the German rider to the team for the 2018 and 2019 cycling seasons.

“We are very happy to have Marcel in the team. We can say that he is at the moment the best sprinter in the world. He showed this quite  impressively in the Tour de France where he won five stages. He will be one of our most important riders and can look forward to strong team support. We will try to support him in the best possible way to ensure that he can continue his successful results,” said general manager José Azevedo.

"I'm really looking forward to a new challenge in new colors. For me, this moment is exciting. With this step, I also hope  to get new inspiration. I think, I find all the requirements in the team that I need to be strong in the sprint finals. I saw that the sprint train is functioning very well. Team KATUSHA ALPECIN has undergone a major change in recent years. I've been watching these changes for a long time and I think it's good. That is why I am looking forward to being part of the team and share the direction they are headed. Team spirit has always been important to me and for this reason also I've become a pro cyclist,” said Marcel Kittel.

Kittel, 29, born in Arnstadt, Germany, was a time trial specialist in his youth where he earned twice gold in the Junior World Championships and has won the U23 European Championships. He turned professional in 2011 and rapidly developed his dominance in the sprints. In the 2017 Tour de France he won five stages, bringing his career total to 14 for the Grande Boucle. He is the most successful German of all time at the Tour de France in terms of stage wins. In addition, he has four stages in the Giro d’Italia (2014, 2016), one stage in Vuelta a España (2011) as well as five wins in Scheldeprijs, the overall twice in the Dubai Tour and five stages in the Tour de Pologne, plus this year’s opening stage in the Tour of California. He currently rides for Quick-Step Floors.

“The little icing on the cake is of course to race again in the same team with my good friend Tony Martin. He gave me good insight into the team in my decision-making process. His opinion about the team was of course important to me," added Marcel Kittel.

20176187-383591_1.jpgMarcel Kittel’s quotes in German:

“Ich freue mich absolut auf eine neue Herausforderung in neuen Farben. Für mich ist dieser Moment aufregend, denn mit diesem Schritt erhoffe ich mir natürlich auch neue Impulse. Ich denke, ich finde im Team alle Voraussetzungen vor die ich in den Sprintfinals auch benötige um erfolgreich zu sein. Was ich gesehen habe zeigt, der Sprintzug funktioniert sehr gut. Im Team KATUSHA ALPECIN gab es in den letzten Jahren einen großen Wandel. Diese Veränderung habe ich schon länger beobachtet und finde ich gut. Deshalb freue ich mich darauf, in Zukunft ein Teil der Mannschaft und des neu eingeschlagenen Weges zu sein. Teamspirit war mir immer wichtig und auch aus diesem Grund bin ich Rennfahrer geworden,“ sagt Marcel Kittel.

“Das kleine i-Tüpfelchen obendrauf ist natürlich mit meinem guten Freund Tony Martin wieder in einem Team fahren zu können. Er konnte mir natürlich in meinem Entscheidungsprozess einen guten Einblick in das Team geben. Seine Meinung war schon wichtig für mich.”

Photos: Tim De Waele