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Marcel Kittel to make debut at Milan-San Remo

Joe Robinson
13 Mar 2018

German sprinter to lead Katush-Alpecin at the first Monument of the year

Only a week after taking his first victory on Italian soil, Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alepcin) has confirmed his debut at Milan-San Remo this Saturday.

The German will make his first appearance at the the Monument usually referred to as the "sprinters' classic" due to its mainly flat parcours.

Kittel will lead the team's sprinting options while the likes of Nathan Haas will help offer an alternative if the sprinter falters before the finish. 

Until the ongoing Tirreno-Adriatico, Kittel had yet to win a race in Italy despite even having four stage victories and one day in pink at the Giro d'Italia

Kittel managed to shrug this monkey from his back taking two impressive wins at Tirreno-Adriatico outspriting Milan-San Remo favourite Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) on both occasions. 

At 291km in length, Milan-San Remo will undoubtedly be Kittel's longest day of racing as a professional which makes his form in the closing stages an unknown.

While his out-and-out sprinting talent is undeniable it remains to be seen whether he can produce this after seven hours in the saddle. 

However, the absence of fellow sprinters will provide hope for the debutant. Former teammate Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) will not be present after breaking his hand and Cofidis sprinter Nacer Bouhanni announced he will not be present due to acute bronchitis.

Additionally, long-term rival Mark Cavendish's (Dimension Data) attendance is in doubt following a broken rib on Stage 1 of Tirreno-Adriatico

It is unlikely that Kittel will be among those juking out for victory on the Via Roma come Saturday, however it will be interesting to see how far into the race the big German can go.