FRANCE – Aboard his F-Series FRD, Marcel Kittel took two of three stages and the overall in the 2013 edition of the Tour de Picardie. The high visibility 3-day ASO (Amaury Sports Organization, the same group that owns and operates the Tour de France) event has proven fruitful for Argos-Shimano in the past and this year was no exception.
Each of the three days came down to field sprints with Marcel having won day 1, then taking second on day 2 after admitted going early into a headwind finish. On day 3 it all came down to an overall battle between he and French fastman, Bryan Coquard. Coquard became the virtual leader by picking up valuable time bonuses along the way, but in the end it was the well-oiled Argos-Shimano leadout train who delivered a blistering Marcel to take the last stage and the overall.
Marcel, who turned 25 during the event, was quick to credit his team and their unselfish work in making the overall win a reality. “I still would like to say a big THANK YOU TO MY BOYS! They worked hard to defend yellow & bring me in a good position. Love @1t4i”, he tweeted.