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.