Marcel Kittel Makes it Three in Turkey
Marcel Kittel (GER) has won the final stage of the Tour of Turkey, his and Team Argos-Shimano’s third win of the race this week.
The team once again executed a near perfect lead out into the finish in Istanbul, leaving Marcel to do the business in the final dash to the line. He comfortably outsprinted Andrea Guardini (Astana) and Andrew Fenn (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) by over a bike length to end the week with the perfect finish for the team.
It’s back to back wins this weekend for Team Argos-Shimano in Turkey in a week which has seen Nikias Arndt also get two podium places earlier in the week showing great versatility in the team and that who ever they’re working for, the team spirit is spot on.
“Back-to-back victories for the team with another dominant sprint train performing a classy lead-out today,” said General Manager Iwan Spekenbrink just after the stage. “We’re proud on this 7th victory of the season for the team.”
After the stage Kittel said: “Our day was pretty relaxed, there wasn’t a big fight like the last few stages. We started to control with Cheng Ji and Thomas Damuseau who have done a lot of work in the past week, they did great.
“We stayed in front coming into the finish and the boys were in a good position. We were maybe a little too early but we are at a level now that we can deal with these kind of situations. I am really proud of this week.
“The team as a whole have made big improvements from last year, and I feel that I’ve made a step myself too, but all the riders became stronger and it showed in the way that we handle situations. This is what this team is about and it is great to see it happen.
“It was quite a heavy week with the heavy crash on stage 2. I was even not sure if I could start the next day, but fortunately I was able to carry on and look back now on good week with three wins. Now I am heading home, will have some time at home to train before heading to Picardie for the next race.”