If you’re waiting to see who gets to wear the pink jersey today… look no further than northern France. Here a 22 year old German rider from Skil-Shimano has won the first three stages of the Four Days of Dunkirk and is wearing the leaders jersey… which is pink.
La vie en rose
He’s also leading the young riders’ classification and has the points jersey too. In short, he’s dominating the race. Full results here. It’s his first year in the pro ranks and he’s started well with a stage win in the Tour of Langkawi and more placings. Prior to this he rode for a team local to him, the Thüringer Energie Team. His best was a bronze medal from the U-23 time trial in the World Championships in Geelong.
It’s true to say the race doesn’t have the deepest field. Kittel is outsprinting Denis Galimzyanov and Yahueni Hutarovich, ahead of many other riders who won’t even appear on the radar for the likes of Mark Cavendish, Tyler Farrar or André Greipel. But three wins in a row is something special and if he’s likely to take the overall in the race, what ever happens today and tomorrow, he can be sure of a higher profile and that his first year with the pros is already a success.