Greipel and Kittel to lead Germany at World Championships
Andre Greipel has been named captain of Germany's six-man team for the Road World Championships in Qatar.
The event, which takes place in Doha next month, is suited to sprinters and Marcel Kittel has been handed a wildcard slot.
"I would like to thank those responsible for trusting me with the captaincy," said Greipel, an 11-time stage winner at the Tour de France.
"With only six riders we are not the favourites, but if we all pull together we have a good chance."
The men's elite road race takes place on a 257.5-kilometre route that concludes at The Pearl of Qatar.
Taking the course into account, the federation has appointed Greipel as captain while Kittel will have a joker role. “This gives us more tactical flexibility,” said BDR vice president Udo Sprenger.
Full squad for Germany
John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin)
Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal)
Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step)
Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step)
Nils Politt (Katusha)
Marcel Sieberg (Lotto-Soudal)
Jasha Sutterlin (Movistar).