Marcel Kittel Retires

Tour de France 2018 in den französischen Alpen. Etappe 11 von Albertville nach La Rosiere. Marcel Kittel am Anstieg zum Col du Pre. *** Tour de France 2018 in the French Alps Stage 11 from Albertville to La Rosiere Marcel Kittel on the ascent to the Col du Pre

Marcel Kittel has retired from professional cycling.

It came as a surprise this spring when Kittel ended his contract with Katusha and announced a break from professional cycling, but I doubt many saw this coming. Kittel announce the end of his career via an interview with Der Spiegel and via his Instagram account.

Kittel’s accomplishments in the sport are numerous; 14 stages in the Tour de France, four stages in the Giro d’Italia, 89 professional wins in total. At 31-years-old Kittel seems fulfilled by these accomplishments and interested in being a present father:

“As a cyclist, you are on the road for 200 days of the year,” he told Der Spiegel. “I didn’t want to watch my son grow up via Skype.”

Good for him.