German bicycle star Marcel Kittel finally decided to retire from the professional racing arena. The 31-year-old sprinter has “taken a break” since May, and now makes that decision permanent. The reason: Have lost all motivation to continue to feel torture on a bicycle.
In the last decade, Kittel was one of the most feared sprinters in the world. In total, he has won 89 races, including 14 stages on the Tour de France.
At the age of 31, he should still have a chance to add a large collection of victories. In fact, since breaking the contract from Katusha-Alpecin, there are still teams that want to accommodate it for 2020 and beyond. Including Jumbo-Visma, one of the most super teams in WorldTour today.
However, in an interview in German magazine Der Spiegel , Kittel stressed the intention to stop completely. “This exercise is defined through pain. I have lost all motivation to continue torturing myself on a bicycle, “he said.
In addition, Kittel really wants to live a “normal life.” He will soon become a father (his child will be born next November), and he wants to continue his education in college.
“As a cyclist, we travel 200 days a year. I do not want to see my child grow through Skype, “he said. (riding bicycle)