The Grand Tours are always exciting for us, and none more so than the Tour de France. With Precision power meters on the bikes of the Etixx – Quick-Step team this year, we’ve got even more reason to follow their progress closely.
Today was an especially good day as Marcel Kittel, Etixx – Quick-Step’s sprint king, proved he’s one of the fastest guys in the peloton by claiming stage four.
Kittel’s teammates controlled the peloton, spending many a kilometer at the head of proceedings. But it was over the last few hundred meters where Etixx – Quick-Step played it perfectly, hitting the front just as things began to get a little frantic.
Tour de Suisse points jersey winner Maximiliano Richeze was the last man for Marcel Kittel, who opened his sprint with 300 meters left and took centre road, charging towards the line.
Powering on the uphill drag, the 28-year-old held off all opponents for one of the smallest winning margins seen by the Tour de France in recent history. Smiles met the charismatic German at the conclusion of the race as he was embraced by his teammates.
In other news, Julian Alaphillipe continued Etixx’s recent winning streak in the Grand Tours, sporting the white jersey as the best young rider at the Tour. With Bob Jungels claiming the white jersey during the Giro d’Italia, it’s been a great season so far for the team’s young pedalers.
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