Andre Greipel terminates contract with Arkea-Samsic

Andre Greipel terminates contract with Arkea-Samsic

Joe Robinson 2 Oct 2019 Could this be the end of the road for the German sprinter? Andre Greipel could be the next high-profile sprinter to retire from the sport after the German terminated his contract with Arkea-Samsic. The 37-year-old made a request to team manager Emmanuel Hubert to end his two-year deal a season early which the team agreed to. Greipel said he will announce his next steps in November after taking a holiday and time away from his social media accounts. 'About four weeks ago I asked the management of the team to terminate the contract towards the end of the year. Emmanuel Hubert and the team management have agreed to this request,' said Greipel. 'I am very grateful for the cooperation we had in 2019. I would have liked to have extended the season’s results, but I was not optimally prepared for my season highlights.' Greipel then ...

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CyclingTips Podcast: Electronic drivetrain gremlins

This week’s episode comes to you from Rapha’s Boulder, Colorado clubhouse. We talk Vuelta a Espana, Marcel Kittel’s retirement, the Colorado Classic, and then James brings up something a bit controversial: Electronic drivetrains aren’t always reliable. Is he advocating for going back to mechanical? Maybe. Click here for a direct download, and here to listen on Soundcloud. The CyclingTips … The post CyclingTips Podcast: Electronic drivetrain gremlins appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Philosophy and perspective with Nathan Haas

Back in May, just prior to the Amgen Tour of California, I had a memorable conversation with Australian Nathan Haas about a number of topics. Some were timely, such as his season to that point, and teammate Marcel Kittel’s announcement that he was breaking his contract with Katusha-Alpecin. But Haas consistently delivered thoughtful, timeless answers that … The post The weekly spin: Philosophy and perspective with Nathan Haas appeared first on CyclingTips .

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German sprint ace Kittel announces retirement

German sprint ace Kittel announces retirement

German sprint specialist Marcel Kittel on Friday announced his retirement from the sport, saying he lacked the commitment and drive that was necessary to remain a top athlete.

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Photo gallery: A tribute to Marcel Kittel’s career

Last spring, Marcel Kittel ended his contract with Katusha and announced a break from pro cycling, but left the door open to return to the sport. This week, the German sprinter ended his career for good. Dear friends, fans and companions, I would like to tell you all today that I am ending my career … The post Photo gallery: A tribute to Marcel Kittel’s career appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Marcel Kittel retires from pro cycling at 31

German sprinter Marcel Kittel has official retire from pro cycling at age 31. Read the full article at Marcel Kittel retires from pro cycling at 31 on VeloNews.com .

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Marcel Kittel retires from professional cycling

Marcel Kittel paid a visit to the Tour before stage 10

Marcel Kittel has announced his retirement from professional cycling, saying: "I have lost all motivation to keep torturing myself on a bike." The 31-year-old German sprinter terminated his contract with Katusha-Alpecin in early May, saying he wanted to take time away from the sport to consider his future. He spent a few days at the Tour de France, with Jumbo-Visma reportedly keen to sign him. However, he confirmed his decision to retire in an interview with the weekend magazine of German news magazine Der Spiegel . "Pain defines the sport, the world in which you live," Kittel said in a brief extract of the interview published on Friday. "I have lost all motivation to continue to torture myself on the bike." Kittel will become a father in November and intends to study at University. "As a cyclist, you’re traveling 200 days a year, and I do not want to see ...

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Marcel Kittel won’t race again

Supported by Marcel Kittel has ended his career as a pro cyclist. Last May, Kittel ended his contract with Katusha and announced a break from pro cycling, but left the door open to return to the sport. This week, the German sprinter ended his career for good, first via an interview with Der Spiegel and then, on … The post Marcel Kittel won’t race again appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Marcel Kittel retires from racing at the age of 31

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German sprinter says he has "lost all motivation to keep torturing myself on a bike"

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Marcel Kittel has officially retired from professional cycling

Marcel Kittel smile

Joe Robinson 23 Aug 2019 The German sprinter ends career having 'lost all motivation to keep torturing myself on a bike' German sprinter Marcel Kittel has announced his retirement for professional cycling having 'lost all motivation to keep torturing myself on a bike'. The 31-year-old broke contract with Katusha-Alpecin in May under mutual agreement stating at the time he had 'decided to take a break and take time for myself, think about my goals and make a plan for my future.' The 14-time Tour de France stage winner had struggled for 18 months to find form managing only three victories. It was also reported that Kittel had fallen out of favour with team management. Rumours had circulated that Kittel was considering a return to cycling with Dutch team Jumbo-Visma stating they would consider a move for the rider if he managed to get back into shape. However, Kittel has now ...

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Dumoulin on Sunweb departure: We couldn't make each other better

Tom Dumoulin takes questions ahead of the Giro

Tom Dumoulin has said that he had been considering his future at Team Sunweb for some time before asking to be extricated from his contract earlier this summer. On Monday morning, Sunweb confirmed that Dumoulin will leave the team at the end of this season, and it has since been announced that he will join Jumbo-Visma on a three-year contract . Dumoulin has endured a difficult 2019 season after he was forced out of the Giro d’Italia by a crash on stage 4 to Frascati. Although he returned to ride the Critérium du Dauphiné in June, he was subsequently ruled out of the Tour de France after undergoing surgery on his injured knee . In the days leading up to the Tour, it was reported in the Dutch press that Dumoulin was seeking to leave Sunweb two years before the expiry of his contract at the end of 2021, and ...

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Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers

Supported by It’s transfer season in the world of professional cycling, and that means teams are announcing rider signings practically every day of the week. This year’s transfer cycle has already seen some very big names agree to don new kit for the coming season, and many more notables are expected to make their 2020 plans public … The post Your guide to notable 2019-2020 men’s WorldTour transfers appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Elia Viviani and Fabio Sabatini move to Cofidis to lead 'ambitious project'

Elia Viviani and Fabio Sabatini move to Cofidis to lead 'ambitious project'

Joe Robinson 5 Aug 2019 Pair depart from Deceuninck-Quickstep as Cofidis edge closer to WorldTour licence Cofidis have strengthened their WorldTour ambitions with the signings of Italian sprint duo Elia Viviani and Fabio Sabatini from Decuninck-Quickstep . Both riders will switch to the French ProContinental team in 2020 who hope to step up from cycling's second division and be granted a WorldTour licence for next season. The UCI is set to increase the number of WorldTour teams from 18 to 20 at the end of the season with Cofidis, alongside fellow French team Direct Energie, believed to be in the driving seats for the final two spots. The signatures of Viviani and Sabatini will only further the team's case for WorldTour status considering the duo's prowess and win record. Viviani has morphed into one of, if not the world's best sprinter since joining Deceuninck-Quickstep in 2018 and will act as ...

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Mezgec takes 'fastest-ever' WorldTour bunch sprint in Tour de Pologne

Luka Mezgec on the stage 2 podium at Tour de Pologne

Mitchelton-Scott 's Luka Mezgec has become the unofficial record-holder of what could well be the fastest-ever WorldTour bunch sprint finish in Katowice in the Tour of Pologne on Sunday . Katowice is a unique finale in the WorldTour because it features a kilometre long straight downhill finish, where riders regularly record speeds of well over 70 km/h in the bunch gallops for the line. Although official records do not exist for high-speed sprints in WorldTour events, Mezgec, 31, said he was told by the race, which organised a competition for the fastest rider with 200 metres to go, that he had clocked more than 82 km/h on his downhill blast to victory. Mezgec’s time is 1.2 km/h faster than the previous best time for Katowice, which reports say was recorded by Jonas Van Genechten in 2014. Marcel Kittel's speed in 2010 was the previous fastest at 78.3 km/h. "This sprint ...

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Jumbo-Visma manager admits interest in signing Kittel at Tour de France

Marcel Kittel paid a visit to the Tour before stage 10

Jumbo-Visma team manager Richard Plugge has indicated that his team would be interested in signing Marcel Kittel in comments to Dutch television during the first rest day of the Tour de France . Kittel has been strongly linked with the team after terminating his contract with Katusha-Alpecin earlier in the season. Speaking to Dutch broadcaster NOS, Plugge said that his team would be interested in signing the German sprinter, should he want to return to professional ranks. Kittel, who visited the Tour on the morning of stage 10, has said that he will decide his future after the race. "First he has to think very carefully about what he wants," said Plugge. "If he is interested, then we want to talk to him. He's a great rider, of course. When he's out on his own we can start talking, but that's still a long way off. "It starts with him," ...

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Kittel to decide his future after the Tour de France

Marcel Kittel speaks on stage

When Marcel Kittel signed with Katusha for the 2018 season, it was to be a fresh start and a 'new challenge' for the German sprinter. However, less than17 months later, the joy was gone. From 13 sprint wins in 2017 with Quick Step, Kittel had brought in only three wins with Katusha. That led both sides to agree to terminate his contract in May 2019. "Simply put, the collaboration with Katusha didn't run smoothly. Both sides had envisioned it otherwise," Kittel told the German tv Sportschau . “I simply no longer felt good there, because the situation brought me to a point where I said: "This is not what I imagine a pro cyclist to be. That is why it was important to me to free myself." The important factor for Kittel "is whether I actually have what I need in order to be successful." And what he needs, indeed, ...

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Viviani to leave Deceuninck-QuickStep despite Tour de France success

Elia Viviani greets team manager Patrick Lefevere at the Gent Six Day

Elia Viviani has confirmed he will leave Deceuninck-QuickStep in 2020 despite his sprint success at the Tour de France , with team manager Patrick Lefevere admitting he does not have the budget to match the offers of other teams keen to sign the Italian. Viviani told Cyclingnews on Monday that the Tour de France would decide his future, with further sprint success only raising the vale of his next contract. Under UCI rules, Viviani cannot announce his future team until August 1 but Cyclingnews understands he has reached a deal with Cofidis, who are set to step-up to WorldTour level in 2020 and have the backing of the French loan maker until 2021. Lefevere, who has also confirmed that Viviani will move on, is keen to sign Sam Bennett from Bora-Hansgrohe. He also has Alvaro Hodeg and Fabio Jakobsen already on his books but is likely to lose lead-out man ...

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Ten riders with something to prove at the 2019 Tour de France

Pressure. The Tour de France presses down on everyone, but even more so if you have something to prove. From established veterans needing to prove they’ve still got the fire to riders making long-awaited Tour debuts, there are plenty of big names that head into this Tour de France with something to prove, for one … The post Ten riders with something to prove at the 2019 Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France 2019: Jumbo's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Tour de France 2019: Jumbo's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Pete Muir 6 Jul 2019 The first yellow jersey goes to the surprise Dutch winner Jumbo-Visma’s Mike Teunissen won Stage 1 of the 2019 Tour de France to take the first yellow jersey of the race. While his teammate Dylan Groenewegen was caught up in a crash in the final few kilometres, Teunissen managed to out-sprint Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) by a tyre-width to take the stage. Sagan took second place (and will wear his favourite green jersey as a result of Teunissen being in yellow), followed by Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal. On a mostly flat stage from Brussels to Brussels, there was little to challenge the GC contenders, all of whom made it safely across the line in the bunch. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was suffering from injuries caused by a crash earlier in the race, but still claimed the same time as his main rivals. The polka-dot jersey went to ...

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Tour de France 2019: Jumbo-Visma's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Tour de France 2019: Jumbo-Visma's Mike Teunissen pips Sagan to win Stage 1

Pete Muir 6 Jul 2019 The first yellow jersey goes to the surprise Dutch winner Jumbo-Visma’s Mike Teunissen won Stage 1 of the 2019 Tour de France to take the first yellow jersey of the race. While his teammate Dylan Groenewegen was caught up in a crash in the final few kilometres, Teunissen managed to out-sprint Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) by a tyre-width to take the stage. Sagan took second place (and will wear his favourite green jersey as a result of Teunissen being in yellow), followed by Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal. On a mostly flat stage from Brussels to Brussels, there was little to challenge the GC contenders, all of whom made it safely across the line in the bunch. Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang was suffering from injuries caused by a crash earlier in the race, but still claimed the same time as his main rivals. The polka-dot jersey went to ...

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