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German sprinter not fazed by rivals

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German sprinter Marcel Kittel insists he's not scared of his sprint rivals.

Kittel won four stages on the Tour de France in July last year, including the Champs-Elysees in the final sprint of the race.

The German out sprinted fellow countryman Andre Greipel and Mark Cavendish, who had previously won the last stage four times in a row.

Kittel was one of the main surprises of the tour when he won the first stage to take the overall race lead in the general classification standings. Kittel wore the yellow jersey for stage two before replacing it with the green jersey for being the most consistent sprinter over the next couple of stages.

Other wins last year for the 25-year-old came in the Tour of Oman, Tour of Turkey and Paris-Nice.

The sprinter admits he is never afraid in sprint finishes and enjoys the high speeds.

"I'm not afraid in the sprints," he told Cycling Weekly. "For me, even when I was younger it was always a lot of fun and very intense. I think I always had the talent to give everything in the sprint and do that together with the team.

"There was never a moment when I was scared in a sprint and it's still the same as a professional.

"When you look at the Tour I think you see some really good examples of what it takes to win. You need very good lead outs and the most important thing is the team work which in the end gives you the possibility to be there at the end and to be sprinting for the win.

"I'd say that another strength of mine is to be a team player and work together with the boys.

"For me, in the end it is all about high speed, you need to have the sort of speed it takes to win - the fastest guy wins. It sounds simple but you need an eye for the wheel and you have to stay cool as well."


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