By Ian Parker, Press Association Sport
Published: 18:16 BST, 23 August 2019 | Updated: 18:16 BST, 23 August 2019
German sprinter Marcel Kittel has announced his retirement from professional cycling at the age of 31.
The 14-time Tour de France stage winner left the Katusha-Alpecin team in May by mutual consent saying he wanted to take a break from the rigours of the sport at the elite level.
In a statement posted on his website on Friday, Kittel