Marcel Kittel: Rad-Star finishes career with 31 - "lost motivation"
Marcel Kittel ends his cycling career at just 31 years old, the sprinter explained in an interview with the "Spiegel". Kittel is Germany's record stage winner in the Tour de France with 14 days at the Tour de France.
Professional cyclist Marcel Kittel has ended his athletic career. The 31-year-old explained this in the current issue of the magazine "Spiegel" with motivational problems: "Pain defines the sport, the world you live in. I have lost all motivation to continue torturing myself on the bike." Kittel has celebrated a total of 89 professional wins since 2011. With 14 daily successes at the Tour de France, the sprinter is Germany's record stage winner at the Tour de France, where he also wore the yellow jersey for one day in 2013 and 2014.
The Thuringian had dissolved in May for personal reasons his contract with the team Katusha-Alpecin and since then left his future open. He felt no confidence in the team, "but only pressure. Pressure. Pressure." In recent months, he had become aware of what has been in the background by his sport: "Family, friends, everything was too short, in addition to the permanent fatigue and routine I have realized this loss of quality of life more and more."