Sunday July 21st, 2013

Stage 21Versailles / Paris Champs-Élysées

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Marcel Kittel: We had way more than we expected...

interview21.07.2013Stage 21- Versailles / Paris Champs-Élysées

Marcel Kittel won four stages in his second Tour de France. The German was lost for words at the finish but then he managed to find some and describe how it was that he and Argos-Shimano achieved such success in 2013.

“I am so proud of how we prepared the sprint and I have no words for it actually. This is something that is like a dream for me that's come true today. To be honest, I really did not expect that this dream would come true so early and I'm really proud about it.

“It takes a lot of work. We train a lot and it's also a lot of planning and analysing. We are a really close group as a team and we did a great job in preparing the sprint and we did an analysis of the last years of the Champs-Elysées to see how the sprint works in theory and I think that helped a lot today.

“On one hand, this Tour is one of the hardest races that I've never done – actually, the hardest race that I ever did – but on the other hand it was just amazing. We had so much success, way more than we expected. We really enjoyed it and maybe that sounds stupid but it was a really successful race for us and it brought us closer together as a group and we can be happy about that.

“I'll now go and enjoy Paris. Stage 22 is coming up...!”

Stage 21 Versailles / Paris Champs-Élysées

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These five riders have won sprint stages of the 100th Tour de France. Of these five, who do you think will win in Paris?

  • Marcel Kittel14.93%
  • Simon Gerrans1.08%
  • Mark Cavendish54.21%
  • André Greipel5.5%
  • Peter Sagan24.28%
14123 votes

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