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Giro favourite Marcel Kittel retires from race.

Giro D’Italia favourite, sprinter Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) has abandoned the Giro d’Italia due to a fever, ahead of stage 4 (Giovinazzo to Bari.)

The news broke via Twitter and the Giant-Shimano team have confirmed that a high temperature made it impossible for Kittel to continue.

“So, the Giro got me earlier then I thought. Absolutely disappointed that I have to leave this beautiful race today because of a fever,”

“Thank you to everyone, incl. my team, the organisers & all the fans next to the road, for your great support! It was short but intensive! <3” Kittel tweeted.

“We made the decision here before the start of the fourth stage that Marcel would not continue the race,” coach Marc Reef said in a statement from the team.

Winner stage 2, Marcel Kittel. (Giant-Shimano)  (Img www.cyclingnews.com)

Marcel Kittel. (Giant-Shimano) (Img www.cyclingnews.com)

This is good news for the rest of the sprinters just not for Giant-Shimano and Marcel’s Giro hopes.

We wish him a speedy recovery.