Kittel ends season early after frustrating year

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) looking relaxed at the start of stage 4

Marcel Kittel ( Katusha-Alpecin ) has put an end to his frustrating 2018 season, taking time to rest up thoroughly before getting ready for 2019, he said Saturday. “Unfortunately, I have to end my season now. In Berlin, I had myself thoroughly checked out, as I said I would. It is not so easy to find the cause for my bad feeling on the bike, unfortunately. Luckily, there is no virus involved, but it is clear that my body simply needs peace and quite right now. “Since my crash in the Tour 2017, I have never really gotten the proper rest and there was always so much to do. Then all the training and races, which wear you out.” In his first year with Team Katusha-Alpecin, the German sprinter has brought in only two wins, taking sprint victories in two stages at Tirreno-Adriatico in March. In 2017, Kittel had 14 ...

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