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Marcel Kittel, the German sprinting sensation, ignited the world of professional cycling with his explosive speed and remarkable victories. Kittel’s journey from his early days with the Argos Shimano Team to his eventual retirement is a testament to his extraordinary talent and dedication to the sport.

Kittel’s career gained momentum when he joined the Argos Shimano Team in 2011, marking the beginning of a remarkable era in sprinting. Known for his powerhouse sprinting style and impeccable timing, Kittel quickly made a name for himself in the peloton. In 2013, he achieved his breakthrough moment by clinching multiple stage wins at the prestigious Tour de France, solidifying his status as one of the fastest sprinters in the world.

Throughout his career, Kittel’s dominance in sprint finishes was undeniable. His explosive acceleration and ability to maintain high speeds over short distances earned him numerous victories in prestigious races such as the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, and the Vuelta a España. With each triumph, Kittel showcased his innate talent and unwavering determination, inspiring fans and fellow riders alike.

So we were delighted to be able to acquire Kittel’s 2012 Argos Shimano Felt F1 bicycle. Founded in 1991 by Jim Felt in Irvine, California, FELT bicycles quickly gained renown for pioneering designs and cutting-edge technology. The partnership with the Argos Shimano professional cycling team catapulted the brand to global recognition.

The FELT F1 bicycle was renowned for its lightweight carbon frame, providing exceptional speed and agility. The tubes on the bike are curved, flared and tapered in order to maximise its aerodynamic properties. The bike’s design and matt carbon finish made it look like it could overcome any obstacle standing in its way. 

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 components and high-profile carbon wheels ensured smooth shifting and reliable braking. And of course, the German powerhouse needed an uber cool SRM PowerMeter to measure all of those watts.

Despite his remarkable success on the bike, Kittel faced his fair share of challenges. Injuries, illness, and the relentless demands of professional cycling took a toll on his physical and mental well-being. In 2019, at the age of 31, Kittel announced his decision to take an indefinite break from the sport, citing struggles with motivation and a desire to focus on his personal life.

Though Kittel’s retirement from professional cycling came earlier than expected, his legacy as one of the most prolific sprinters of his generation remains indelible. Beyond his impressive palmares, Kittel’s impact extends beyond the racecourse. His sportsmanship, humility, and dedication to promoting a positive image of cycling have left an enduring mark on the sport.

In the years since his retirement, Kittel has embarked on new endeavors, including coaching, commentary, and philanthropy. While he may have bid farewell to the peloton, Kittel’s influence continues to resonate within the cycling community, serving as an inspiration to aspiring riders and a reminder of the enduring power of passion and perseverance in the pursuit of excellence.

Marcel Kittel’s journey from the Argos Shimano Team to retirement is not just a story of athletic achievement but a testament to the transformative power of chasing one’s dreams with unwavering determination.

If you would like to hire Marcel’s bicycle during a stay at the Flandrien Hotel, you can reserve it via our Classic Hire Rental service.