Marcel Kittel may not have won a race in 2018, but the German sprinter is confident that his maiden victory is just around the corner.
Kittel moved from Quick-Step Floors to Katusha-Alpecin with the overwhelming consensus that the sprinter would immediately fit in with his new surroundings. Kittel, however, has only shown glimpses of his best form and it has taken longer than expected for the Katusha leadout train to fire on all cylinders.
Although there is certainly no talk of panic in the team, Kittel’s lack of wins are stark contrast to Elia Viviani‘s position. The Italian replaced Kittel at Quick-Step and has already won four bunch sprints and the overall at the Abu Dhabi Tour.
Kittel has raced 10 days less than Viviani this year, having started his campaign at the Dubai Tour before racing in Abu Dhabi. Now at Tirreno-Adriatico, he believes that a win is close.
“It’s clear that every sprinter wants to win. I want to go for that victory, and being that close so many times doesn’t make it ‘easier’ but in the end, I can’t change things,” he told Cyclingnews.
“I’ll always try my best, and we’re taking the positive energy into the next stages. I’m 100 percent convinced that the victory is coming.”
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