People’s Choice Classic: Kittel wins again

People’s Choice Classic: Kittel wins again

Marcel Kittel

Cycling: German sprinter Marcel Kittel of Team Giant-Alpecin succeeded in repeating last year’s success and crossed the line first at the People’s Choice Classic in Adelaide. The race was the prelude to the Tour Down Under which is about to start tonight.

The huge crowd in Adelaide witnessed a tough race throughout most of the 30 laps at Rymill Park in the East of the city. There were several attacks, a couple of trains and breaks developped over the course of the 51km, but none of them could get away far enough. Kittel and his teammates looked very confident and managed to stay at the front of the peloton but refrained from attacks or breaks. Then, with 29 laps gone, they formed a strong lead-out and despite the chaotic circumstances of the bunch sprint managed to get Kittel in a good position. The German then had no real troubles in getting ahead of the Peloton and crossed the line first, just ahaead of the Spaniard Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Movistar).

People's Choice Classic

What the riders had to say after the race:

Marcel Kittel: “It’s actually impossible to control in such a big race, I think my boys did an awesome job, we always try to come back and stay together as much as possible, and in the end it was sort of a good lead out with all the chaos, great start to the season. (…) I’m actually very happy now, very proud, im always very nervous before the first race, after the first win with the team, im just super happy that its worked out today. (…) I’m out here for the third time in Adelaide for the tour down under, I love this place, I really like to race here and its even better when you can start with a win.”

Mathew Hayman: “Matt [White, Sport Director OGE] didn’t put any pressure on us but somebody had to do something to show the jersey. Once in the break I went for the intermediate sprints. I’m not too slow. I’ve taken part in lead outs and I had some speed as an amateur. It wasn’t easy at all today. But the real work starts on Tuesday. Now without [defending champion Simon] Gerrans we’re going to ride a little bit more aggressive.”

Peter Kennaugh: “I didn’t intend to go up the road but before I did, the bunch wasn’t really going so I moved up and just one attack put me in the front group. There was a pretty good cooperation between us four and my speed was good but it was only 50km long. I reckon there’ll be some pressure on our team to make Richie [Porte] the winner of the Santos Tour Down Under. It’ll give us something to focus on every day.”

Wouter Wippert: “It was just crazy. The team put me in front with five laps to go. From the last corner, it was just go, nothing to lose. I came fast, but not fast enough. I am not the first one to lose a sprint against him [Marcel Kittel], but I hope by the end of the week I can say I won one against him. It’s going to be a hard week. Today we got the podium, so the next step is to try to win a stage.”

Heinrich Haussler: “I was coming from behind very, very fast. The door closed a little bit, I had to brake, stop pedaling, but that’s sprinting. It’s a good sign for the rest of the week. The boys did great work today. I was told that because in Australia there is a crit champion, I couldn’t wear the jersey today. I will have it back on Tuesday.”

Tour Down Under
The Peloton sets off for the People’s Choice Classic

Results of the People’s Choice Classic:

1. Marcel Kittel (GER) – TGA
2. Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (ESP) – MOV
3. Wouter Wippert (NED) – DPC
4. Christopher Sutton (AUS) – SKY
5. Heinrich Haussler (AUS) – IAM
6. Gianni Meersman (BEL) – EQS
7. Rudiger Selig (GER) – KAT
8. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA) – ALM
9. Mark Renshaw (AUS) – EQS
10. Greg Henderson (NZL) – LTS

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Michael Faiß

Michael Faiß hat in München Englisch und Geschichte studiert. Nach einem einjährigen Aufenthalt in England arbeitete er als Übersetzer unter anderem für das Magazin Procycling und das Degen Mediahouse. Außerdem ist er seit der Kindheit passionierter Radfahrer und –schrauber und fühlt sich vor allem abseits der asphaltierten Wege zuhause.

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