Van der Poel and PFP star in Belgium; Kittel’s Katusha kit: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

December 11, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van der Poel and Cant win in Essen; Van der Poel and Ferrand-Prevot win at Druivencross; Rafal Majka aiming for Tour de France top-five in 2018; Ilnur Zakarin eyeing off Tour podium; Geraint Thomas to consider other offers after 2018; Davide Rebellin to be racing at 50? “Why not? It’s possible”; Albert Timmer retires from pro cycling; Marcel Kittel allowed to wear Katusha kit for team presentation; Updated kit for Canyon-SRAM in 2018; Wiggins 21st in indoor rowing debut; Peter Sagan’s message to the people of California.

Albert Timmer retires from pro cycling

by CyclingTips

Dutchman Albert Timmer has called time on his career, saying he’ll retire at the end of 2017 after 11 years at the highest level of the sport with the team now known as Sunweb.

Timmer has ridden 11 Grand Tours in his time with the team and has been part of many Tour de France stage wins. After consultation with the team, Timmer decided to end his career at 32, to focus on spending time with his family, including his young daughter.

“I’ve had a brilliant career during my 11 years with the team and learned an incredible amount from those around me in the broadest way possible,” Timmer said via the Sunweb website. “I feel that I’ve taken the maximum out of my capabilities as an athlete and I look back hugely proud of what we have achieved together.

“I am grateful to have been part of many successes (with Marcel [Kittel], John [Degenkolb] and Tom [Dumoulin]), a lot of which I didn’t expect to be possible. In 2015 I suffered with an irregular heart rate, which I underwent successful minor surgery for. Since then I have struggled to regain full confidence on the bike and feel that now is a good time to call it a day with my career to completely focus on my friends, family and young daughter, who I spend much time away from.

“This wasn’t a decision that I have taken lightly, but I am certain that it is the right next step for me as a person. After a really successful year in the team, I’m really grateful to to be able to end my career on a high note and look forward to taking all experiences from cycling into my next adventures. I am thankful to all support the team offered throughout my career and I will follow the team’s many more successes in the future.”

Follow the link to read more at the Sunweb website.