MARCEL KITTEL QUICK STEP FLOORS
The Dubai Tour’s been extremely good to the German powerhouse over the years. Kittel’s now won eight stages and two GCs in four years; exactly half the total number of completed stages since the race’s inception. This year, Mark Cavendish punched his bars in frustration on the final day after the German handed out another whipping to the assembled sprinters. However, Kittel beat Cavendish last year in Dubai but the fortunes were reversed at the Tour. Attempting to read the season’s runes now is a fool’s errand.