Marcel Kittel under no pressure at the Tour of Britain

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Marcel Kittel claims he will be under no pressure at the Tour of Britain after enjoying such a successful Tour de France.

Kittel won four stages of the Tour de France this year including winning on the Champs-Elysees for the second year in a row.

Kittel v Cavendish

The German sprinter will be racing against Mark Cavendish in the Tour of Britain this week and many believe most of the sprint finishes will be contested by these two riders.

I was hoping to see them battle it out at the Tour but after Cavendish crashed at the end of stage one it wasn't to be and Kittel went on to have an impressive three weeks.

Kittel believes he comes into the British race with no pressure on his shoulders after doing so well at the Tour de France but he admits it will be good to race against Cavendish and hopefully win some stages.

No pressure

“I’m looking forward to race against Cav again, but as I’ve said before, it’s not in my character to put too much pressure on myself now," he said.

“The biggest highlight of the calendar, the Tour de France, is over. The tension is not as high anymore.

“It would be nice to end on a high. I’m looking for victories and if there is a possibility I would like to get some. I can have a nice time here on the bike and I would like to do some sprinting.”

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Tough test expected

Kittel also admitted he hadn't scouted much of the route for the race and only knows what to expect on a couple of the stages.

“The first two stages are normally sprints and also the last stage. In between I have no idea how hard it will be but I guess it will not be easy.”

The Giant-Shimano rider hasn't had much experience of riding in Britain but after talking to fellow riders he can't wait to get out on the roads.

“It’s only my second time in Great Britain so it is already special for me. I’m looking forward to the race. I’ve talked to some other guys who have already experienced the race and they were all full of positive words.­­­­”

I can't wait to see Kittel and Cavendish battle it out in the sprints as for me they are by far the best sprinters in the world at the moment.

The race consists of eight stages and ends on Sunday 14 September.

Mark Cavendish

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