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Marcel Kittel signs a two-year deal with Katusha-Alpecin

Joe Robinson
16 Aug 2017

German Sprinter Marcel Kittel has signed a two-year deal with Katusha-Alpecin

The latest piece of the transfer chess game has been moved with Marcel Kittel singing a two-year contract with Katusha-Alpecin. 

Kittel was long rumoured to be on the move to Katusha-Alpecin after stalling on a contract extension at Quick-Step Floors. The 29-year old will bolster the Swiss WorldTour team's roster who will be hoping the German will be able to bring stage race victories in abundance. 

Kittel was the biggest profile to have not signed a new contract with Quick-Step Floors, who have been in the process of renewing contracts across their whole roster.

When current Katusha rider Alexander Kristoff announced his departure to UAE Team Emirates, the move of Kittel became almost inevitable. 

Kittel managed to take five stage victories at last month's Tour de France and was on course to win the green sprinter jersey until a crash and fatigue saw the sprinter abandon the race. 

The German noted how his new team have made commitments towards sprinting and how this was a factor in his decision.

'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.' he told the team website.

'That is why I am looking forward to being part of the team and share the direction they are headed.'

Kittel will be joining a well versed lead out train that boasts the likes of Rick Zabel and Nikias Arndt. Kittel will also find himself back with compatriot Tony Martin who proved a vital part of his lead out whilst at Quick-Step Floors.

This partnership with Martin was also a key factor in his move to the Swiss setup. 

'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,' adding, 'His opinion about the team was of course important to me.'

Katusha-Alpecin confirmed the signature of the German sprinter on their twitter page this afternoon.