Turkey – Aboard his F-Series FRD, and with the help of a leadout train that is fast becoming one of the best in pro cycling, Marcel Kittel finished the 2013 Presidential Tour of Turkey by winning stages 7 & 8, and in doing so completed a racing hat-trick when combined with his Stage 1 victory. In each of the last two days, Marcel and his teammates had to endure furious speeds and ever-narrowing winding roads over the final 5K–roads that took their toll on a number of teams and individuals.
In Stage 7, a 180-degree turn inside the last 2K took out a majority of the field, but Marcel was ahead of the mess and rocketed from behind to take the win.
In Stage 8, a small group got roadside clipped inside of the final 2K, but again, Marcel and his team avoided any trouble by being at the front and keeping heads up.
In these conditions, avoiding crashes and staying near the front are paramount in both getting to line safely and being in a position to win. And, in both stages, the team delivered perfectly. For Marcel, who is well documented as one of the fastest road sprinters in the world, these two wins represented his fifth and sixth of the year.
The team now has its sights set on the Giro d’Italia which starts May 4 and will feature John Degenkolb as the primary sprinter.