Demol targets more signings as Katusha build around Politt after Roubaix result

At the start of 2018, if you had asked most cycling fans who Nils Politt was, they would have probably shrugged before tentatively replying: "Isn't he one of Marcel Kittel's lead-out men?" At that point, it wasn't an entirely erroneous presumption. The German was certainly an early pace-setter for Kittel in the sprints last year but seventh in Paris-Roubaix illustrated his ability in the Classics. This season the German has distanced himself altogether from the lead-out man tag with a breakthrough spring that included sixth in E3 BinckBank, fifth in the Tour of Flanders and second in Sunday's Paris-Roubaix. "He's more than that. He's more than a lead-out rider," his Katusha-Alpecin director, Dirk Demol told Cyclingnews on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT "He was second in the Paris-Nice time trial. He can sprint, he can do a lead-out and it's just the high mountains that aren't for him." Politt - still just 25 - has been such a revelation this spring that he has rejuvenated a struggling team. With only one win this season the Swiss-registered team were desperate for a rider to improve their results. Politt may have not have won a race this spring but has breathed life into a season that was on life support. "It's a Monument and one of the biggest cycling races in the world," Politt's teammate Marco Haller told Cyclingnews on the Roubaix velodrome.
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