Marcel Kittel to be back in competition at BinckBank Tour
Aug 05 2017 05:03 pm CET

Marcel Kittel to be back in competition at BinckBank Tour
Marcel Kittel to be back in competition at BinckBank Tour
Photo of Marcel Kittel ©

Quick-Step Floors will feature a mix of sprinters, cobblestone experts and puncheurs in its roster for the upcoming BinckBank Tour. The team will have Marcel Kittel back in competition.

The former Eneco Tour will feature the presence of Marcel Kittel. The rider, who had to abandon the Tour de France when he was one of the strongest candidates for the points classification, will be back in competition trying to get the victory in the three stages set to finish in bunch sprints.

Another important rider in the Belgian formation is Philippe Gilbert, who will try to get return to the great form that gave him wins like the Ronde van Vlaanderen and the Amstel Gold Race at the beginning of the season.

"Our first goal is a stage victory," said sport director Tom Steels. "We come here with strong riders, who can do well regardless of the terrain and are capable of getting a win, so that will be our main focus. Of course, we’d like to do also a good GC, but we’ll take it day by day, see how the guys are feeling and how the race unfolds.

"The parcours is more or less similar to the one of the past editions," he explained. "We don’t believe the individual time trial will have any serious impact on the race, which will heat up in the last three days, when we’ll witness a natural selection. The battle for the overall victory should be a tight one, with the final stage to Geraardsbergen very likely to be decisive."

Dries Devenyns, Iljo Keisse, Yves Lampaert, Maximiliano Richeze, Petr Vakoc and defending champion Niki Terpstra will also start in the race.



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