With smaller teams, tighter cut-off times, and short, explosive stages, Tour sprinters find themselves off the back.
The climbs that made Tour stage 11 a thriller for the GC proved too much for sprinters Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel
The fourth stage of the Tour de France is expected to end in a bunch sprint along the Brittany coast.
After his 2017 Tour was shattered, Marcel Kittel returns to reclaim his sprint throne.
"It doesn't really matter what happened before the Tour if you are successful there," says Marcel Kittel.
Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel, Fernando Gaviria, Caleb Ewan, Peter Sagan, and Alexander Kristoff are all set to contend for sprint wins in California
Second place was perhaps the most impressive result in stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico Monday.
Marcel Kittel says he will decide after Tirreno-Adriatico whether to line up at Milano-Sanremo for the first time.
Phil Bauhaus edged Marcel Kittel and Pascal Ackermann to capture the stage win.