Kittel downplays rivalry

Marcel Kittel, the back-to-back Tour of Dubai stage winner, has downplayed the disputes of his arch rivalry with top sprinters, especially Mark Cavendish.

Leading Brit cyclist Cavendish was hailed as the best sprinter of Tour France by renowned French daily L’Equipe two years back – after he came up as the 1st rider to win on the most prestigious cycling championship of the world for 4 years in a row.

However, it was Kittel who upstaged the Omega Pharma rider last year at the Tour France finale that denied the champion to stretch his record further. In 2014 Dubai Tour sprint stage last Thursday, Cavendish was waiting in the 4th position during the final 10 kilometers.

But a last burst from the Giant Shimano rider brought the winning glory to the German cyclist ahead of Peter Sagan. Kittel repeated similar trick next day as well during Nature Stage & this time Cavendish was simply nowhere around.

“I am fighting in my very own ways in the pursuit of my typical goals which I share with my team as well. Then we’ve to focus on who to beat down to accomplish those goals”, stated Kittel. “Here it’s Mark & I cannot deny that this very championship is significant since it renders a chance to ride against him. At 1.5k we rode up just next to Mark’s team & he was still posted there. I did not see what actually happened- I have not got eye on my back- but personally it is really satisfying when you are able to beat down a sprinter riding next to one another, when you are able to battle it out & you are able to see them. This gets very interesting for the crowd. It is battling for win which offers great deal of excitement & I love that.”