Marcel Kittel in Tour de France 2013

 

TOUR OF POLAND - STAGE ONEMarcel Kittel wins the 1st stage of the 2013 Tour de France.

For the third time since 2008 the first day of the Tour de France does not start with a time trial. The 100th edition begins with a day when the profile suggests a sprinter could earn himself not just the stage, win but also the yellow jersey.

Marcel Kittel was born on May 11, 1988 in Arnstadt, Germany.  He rides for Argos-Shimano.

Kittel made his Tour de France debut in 2012 when he was selected as leader of his team for the 2012 Tour de France, where he would compete for stage wins and the green jersey.   However he withdrew an hour into stage 5, after suffering from a viral infection of the stomach and intestines from stage 2, the fourth retirement of the 2012 Tour de France.

In 2013, Kittel’s team Argos-Shimano was promoted to the first division of the sport and was granted World Tour status.  Kittel won the first stage of the Tour of Oman in a massive sprint, his first success of the season.

Today, he took the first stage of the Tour de France, as he sprinted through the course leaving the pack behind.

James Turnage

The Guardian Express

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