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Cycling: Kittel emerges as next 'superstar' sprinter

The green jersey may have once again been won by Peter Sagan, but a new sprint star emerged in this year's Tour de France in the shape of Germany's Marcel Kittel. Tall, tanned and with immaculately coiffed blond hair, Kittel captures the eye immediately when he is not on his bike, and now he is capturing the eye with his performances in the saddle too. Following in the footsteps of Erik Zabel and Andre Greipel, he has emerged at a time when the image of cycling in Germany has been in need of a boost.

Cycling: On-form Kittel gives Germany further boost

Marcel Kittel's latest Tour de France stage win on Thursday made it yet another day to remember for German cycling at a time when the sport needs all the help it can get to restore its image in the country. Kittel edged out British sprint star Mark Cavendish by half a wheel on the line at the end of stage 12 in Tours to record his third stage win on what is just his second Tour de France. The 25-year-old previously won the crash-marred opening stage in Bastia and then pipped compatriot Andre Greipel on the line to win stage 10 in Saint-Malo on Tuesday.

Cycling: Kittel 3 Cav 1 as Froome avoids spills

Germany's Marcel Kittel claimed his third stage win of the 100th Tour de France when he beat Britain's Mark Cavendish to victory in the 12th stage on Thursday. Kenyan-born Briton Chris Froome of Team Sky finished the stage among the leaders to protect his 3min 25sec lead over Spain's Alejandro Valverde of Movistar. Froome did well to stay clear of two crashes in the closing kilometres, and despite the flat terrain, he admitted: "It seems like there's no such thing as an easy day on the Tour de France. It was a hard day out there.

Cycling: Kittel wins stage as French champion crashes out

Germany's Marcel Kittel won the second stage of the Paris-Nice race, a 200.5km ride from Vimory to Cerilly, on Tuesday. However, the overall lead is held by Italian Elia Viviani, who benefited from overnight leader French champion Nacer Bouhanni crashing out of the race when he came to grief 58km from the finish and suffered a mouth injury. The 22-year-old was later diagnosed with two broken teeth and needed eight stitches to repair the split lip.

Cycling: Wiggins hindered as Kittel takes lead in Oman

Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins endured a frustrating start to his Tour of Oman challenge on Monday as he came in last over a minute behind stage winner Marcel Kittel. The colourful British rider was delayed by a pile-up in the last few kilometres of the 162km stage and came in 1min 30sec adrift of the leaders. Kittel who rides for Argos Shimano held off the challenge of Italian David Apollonio (AG2R) and French champion Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ), following the ride from Al Musannah to Sultan Qaboos University, east of Muscat.
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