Marcel Kittel burst onto the pro scene in 2011 with Skil-Shimano and blazed his way to victory and into fans’ hearts everywhere. His struggles over the past two seasons have been apparent and although he parted earlier this year with Katusha to take a break and consider his future, it still came as a huge surprise when he announced his retirement from pro cycling in August, at the age of 31. Kittel’s pro career might have been relatively short, but hot damn, it was a blaze of glory. Here is our A to Z of the ArgoSunGod.
It was the opening stages of the 2019 Giro d’Italia and the Twitterstream turned pink. We had time trials, trash talk, sprint relegations, duelling roommates, Peter Sagan‘s new hair, a sewing Cancellara and oh so much more! This baby is PACKED TO THE GILLS!
Tirreno-Adriatico was sometimes chaotic, sometimes cathartic but always competitive. Sunweb’s GC ambitions were wiped out in crashes, Marcel Kittel got his first win for Katusha and tributes were paid to Michele Scarponi. Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski won, almost by stealth, Damiano Caruso of BMC was second, also almost by stealth, and Geraint Thomas of Sky came third, despite suffering his typical Italy-induced bad luck.