Brioude (AP) – The racing suit and the bike Marcel Kittel has exchanged for a fine short sleeve shirt and a microphone. Completely solved gave the German record winner at the weekend at the Tour de France his debut as an ARD expert.
How it continues with his so successful career after his current personal break, left the 31-year-old but again open.
"I have not decided yet, because for me it is still a phase in which I want to remember where I want to go," said Kittel. Two months after the contract was terminated at Katusha-Alpecin, it remains uncertain whether Kittel will ever get on the bike again as a professional. During his flying visit this weekend, it almost seemed like Kittel would make it a little secret.
With its enormous top speed, the Thuringian once won 14 tour stages, more than any other German in the history of the biggest and most important cycling race in the world. However, his return to France was not marked by melancholy, but by pride and joy: "I have not forgotten both my victories and last year's absence, but I try to remember the positive." Compared to May, as at After the separation from his team the batteries seemed to be empty, Kittel looked full of joy and loaded with positive energy.
But what happens next? End of career or the next attack in a new team? Manager Jörg Werner told the German Press Agency that there are currently no negotiations with teams such as the Tony Martin team Jumbo-Visma. "The question that arises for me is: what options do I have for 2020? I need the right people around me, "said Kittel on a French national holiday in a media round.
The four-time time trial world champion Martin immediately made it clear how well he could imagine Kittel in the up-and-coming Dutch team celebrating victory for victory on the tour. "Marcel would fit, too. He's always good for the mood, "said Martin. Kittel described the team as "a great option" and asked, "Why would not that make sense?"
Kittel wants the tour, which he has put so much emphasis on in the past few years, in 2019 first let it take effect and at the earliest after that make a decision. It is clear to him, who drives through France despite his time out on the bike and documents this on social media that his new team is no longer allowed to be like the Katusha Alpecin team. "I want to have a partner who understands how I want to do top sports," said Kittel, thus giving a side blow to his ex-team.
Sporty was Kittel in recent years, a surprise bag. In top form he was beaten by almost no sprinter in the world, in bad times he seemed completely out of shape. In 2013, 2014 and 2017, he won at least four tour stages, joined in 2015 and 2018 but also two real epidemic years. Also in 2019 is almost ticked off.
After all, private looks Kittel a great time. Together with his girlfriend Tess von Piekartz the cyclist expects his first child in November. However, Kittel's offspring should not have the decisive influence on the future father's career. "To become a dad is certainly a huge prospect for me," he said. The child has "no influence on the height of the fire that burns in me."