Kittel Scores Big Win for 1t4i
Thursday, February 16, 2012
— It didn’t take long for the Felt-sponsored Project 1t4i
team to signal its arrival to the upper echelon of pro cycling. The team’s young German sprinter Marcel Kittel
scored a huge win
for himself and the team at Thursday's Stage 3
of the Tour of Oman.
Kittel was the first to strike in the finishing stretch, and none of the sport’s marquee sprinters could match the 23-year-old’s speed. He blasted to the front on his Felt F1
team bike and held off names like André Greipel (second), Tyler Farrar (fourth), Tom Boonen (sixth) and World Champion Mark Cavendish (eighth).
“It was a big goal for me this year to ride in the big races against the top sprinters, and of course I’m very, very happy that it worked out already at the Tour of Oman,” Kittel told Cyclingnews.com.
It was a classy win for the team, which, along with Team Sky, led the chase to bring back a breakaway within the final 60 kilometers.
The six-day Tour of Oman continues through Sunday, with a key stage coming on Saturday, which features a summit finish at Jabal Al Akhdar.