Marcel Kittel: Tom Dumoulin is staying true to himself

Tom Dumoulin and Marcel Kittel
Tom Dumoulin and Marcel Kittel at the 2016 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)

Former teammate Marcel Kittel has posted a compassionate message of support for Tom Dumoulin after the Dutchman made the call to take time away from cycling with immediate effect. Kittel, who retired from professional cycling mid-way through the 2019 season, rode with Dumoulin for four seasons between 2012 and 2015 with Dumoulin initially forming part of Kittel’s incredibly successful leadout train before the Dutchman began to excel in time trials and then stage races.

Kittel, like Dumoulin, also left Giant Alpecin earlier than expected but the German called time on his career after stating that he had lost all motivation after a difficult spell at Katusha.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.