Marcel Kittel announces retirement from cycling

The German said "[I] didn't want to watch my son grow up via Skype"

Marcel Kittel at the 2019 Tour de France (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Marcel Kittel has announced his retirement from cycling, nearly four months after quitting WorldTour team Katusha-Alpecin.

The german sprinter revealed his decision in an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel, saying he had "lost all motivation to keep torturing myself on a bike."

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