Marcel Kittel has stated Tom Dumoulin leaving Sunweb mid-season used to be “no wonder” to him.
The German raced with Dumoulin for 4 seasons from 2012 to 2015, when Sunweb used to be referred to as Massive-Alpecin, and his ultimate season with the WorldTour group used to be in a similar way marred through harm and a loss of shape, simply as Dumoulin’s 2019 has been, with a crash within the early levels of the Giro d’Italia derailing his season.
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Kittel has positioned the blame with Sunweb CEO and proprietor Iwan Spekenbrink, claiming he used to be just right at bringing younger riders in the course of the ranks however couldn’t absolutely liberate their possible as group leaders.
The 31-year-old says this is applicable not to best himself and Dumoulin, but additionally Warren Barguil and John Degenkolb. Barguil left the group in 2018 for Arkéa-Samsic, the season after taking the polka dot jersey on the Excursion de France, and Degenkolb departed in 2017 for Trek-Segafredo having loved his maximum a hit season in 2015 when he gained Paris-Roubaix and Milan – San Remo.
“That Dumoulin sought after to go away used to be no wonder to me,” Kittel instructed In De Leiderstrui. “Spekenbrink forges a group for younger riders and they’re guided really well. But when riders transform leaders then you must give them some freedom. They it seems that to find that very tough for the group.
“It began with me, however you noticed the similar downside get up with Warren Barguil and John Degenkolb. Then it used to be Tom.”
Talking on his personal struggles with the group, Kittel relived his painful 2015 when he used to be plagued through a pandemic within the early season, suffering to complete races, prior to no longer being decided on for the 2015 Excursion de France. His switch to Etixx – Fast-Step used to be then introduced in October later that yr.
“I suffered essentially the most in 2015. I had renewed my contract after 4 levels within the Excursion, however all of sudden not anything labored. I had a large number of force that yr. That eats on you, haunts you.
“I used to be depressed. Till the Excursion, group boss Iwan Spekenbrink and I attempted to discover a resolution, but it surely didn’t determine. I now not felt just right with the group and carried out for a freelance termination in September. It began with Pfeiffer’s illness, then we grew aside.”
Kittel is these days playing retirement and making ready for the delivery of his son, whilst additionally talking brazenly in regards to the psychological well being problems he handled all the way through his skilled occupation.
Dumoulin, in the meantime, is these days getting better from the knee harm that thwarted his 2019 season, and can race in 2020 at a Jumbo-Visma squad full of GC ability, together with Vuelta a España winner Primož Roglič and Steven Kruijswijk, who completed at the podium of this yr’s Excursion.