Marcel Kittel‘s long-time agent, Jörg Werner, has blasted rumours about the German sprinter’s performance problems. At the same time, he told Cyclingnews that “we are totally at a loss as to why he is not at his usual level.”
Former pro Jürgen Van Den Broeck, now a commentator for Belgian media source Sporza, said that he had heard reports that Kittel was “not busy with his profession” and was “drinking too much beer and wine.”
“What shall I say? What Van den Broeck says is the greatest nonsense that I have ever read,” Werner said in a mail to Cyclingnews. “Where does he have this from?
“Perhaps it would have been a good idea for him to speak with Marcel before making such claims publicly. I think that he only wants to make himself important with these statements. I find it really bad that people get an audience with such unfounded claims.”
Kittel commented Thursday afternoon on Twitter, writing, “Always easy to beat a man when he’s on the ground. I’m facing a difficult period and I’m thankful for everyone who is supporting me now. To those people making headlines on my cost now: enjoy your minute of fame!”
Kittel has the Katusha-Alpecin team’s only win of the year from the Trofeo Palma, but he has struggled over the past month. Following on a relatively dry 2018, the lack of results is concerning for a rider who has won 14 stages of the Tour de France.
— Marcel Kittel (@marcelkittel) April 11, 2019
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