Felt News

Kittel Wins Eneco Tour Opener

Monday, August 06, 2012
Middelburg, The Netherlands -- Marcel Kittel of the Argos-Shimano squad won the opening stage of the Tour of Eneco Sunday, powering his Felt F1 to a sprint victory in a windswept 204km stage.

Winning the first stage of the seven-day WorldTour event in Belgium and The Netherlands marked a strong return to form for Kittel after he became sick and abandoned the Tour de France in July.

“There was strong teamwork today and everybody could see the boys did a good job,” Kittel told Cyclingnews.com after the win. “It was still a hard sprint for me, as I had spent two weeks off the bike in July.”

A crash two kilometers before the finish in Middelburg caused a split in the field, and only 30 riders, including Kittel, remained in the front group intact. After getting a perfect lead-out from teammate Tom Veelers, Kittel outsprinted Arnaud Demare and Taylor Phinney, who finished second and third respectively.

The Tour of Eneco continues through Sunday.