Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Kittel Savours a Tour De Force along the Mall

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Kittel Savours a Tour De Force along the Mall

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MARCEL Kittel compared winning on The Mall to triumphing on the Champs-Elysees as the German's Tour de France sprint supremacy continued in London.

Kittel (Giant-Shimano) won a second stage in three attempts on UK soil as the Tour's excursion across The Channel concluded following a hugely successful Grand Depart in Yorkshire.

The powerful German was brilliantly delivered by his team in front of Buckingham Palace to claim a sixth stage win in two editions of the Tour.

"Emotionally, this win is close to the one I got on the Champs- Elysees in Paris last year," Kittel said. "Winning on The Mall is what I dreamed of but, even though I had a good chance, it's not something I could take for granted.

"It's really fantastic to win here. On the finishing line, the crowd was fantastic. I love the atmosphere."

The 155-kilometre route from Cambridge was the third and final stage on UK soil ahead of the race's return to France and was always destined to end in a sprint finish. …

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