John Degenkolb

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A stirring year comes to an end


Mentally, the most difficult year of my professional year is coming to an end. After my crash I had to invest a lot of patience and of course sweat so that in the end I could again show that I can win races. Of course I did not win as many as the year before. But this season I have matured incredibly. It was a hard test for my character and I draw a lot of strength from the past months. Especially the moments after my return in which I was competitive again, were indescribable. Once again thanks to everyone who believed in me and supported me.

Physically, the year was not so hard because of my forced rest, even if I did the equivalent, in number of days, of a Grand Tour with the World Championships and Abu Dhabi at the end of the season. After that, by the way, I stayed in Dubai for a week to recover and enjoy the weather. Again this week I will leave my bike alone and then I will start again slowly with my preparations.

This year also ends the era with my current team. I am thankful for the time there, look back to great Classics wins and to great times with the riders and staff, some of whom have become friends. That is also the reason what it wasn’t so easy to go. I am leaving friends. But on the other hand, I am happy for the courage of my decision to change to a new team. I am determined to move up another step and look forward to my time at Trek-Segafredo.

I will let you know how my preparations for the coming season are going Until then. Yours, Dege.

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Further News

“Chilling” for the World Championship


We don’t really need to speak of warming up for a race here ;-) Rather, we try to stay as cool as possible on the bike the whole time. Today we tested special vests and arm "warmers" which should help us. In Lars Teutenberg we have the Macgyver of cycling in our ranks.

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Victory in the Münsterland Giro


Two times second, and today I finally won. I am mega-happy about today’s win at the Münsterland Giro. The team did some super work and I am happy, that I could give a win back to them. For many of them it was our last race together in the same jersey, which makes me even happier with this "Farewell gift".

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Happy about the Worlds nomination


After a few difficulties at the beginning of the Eneco Tour, I got better and better as it went along. Of course I wanted more, but I am satisfied with my form now. I will continue to train intensively until the weekend, go to the first team meeting with Trek and then comes Münster, the last German race.

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Stage win in Norway


Yesterday was the day I have been waiting for since my accident last spring: my first important win this year. On the final stages of the Arctic Race of Norway I won the sprint against Alexander Kristoff and Arnaud Démare, after having been second twice.

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Changing to Trek-Segafredo


For the next thee years I will ride for Team Trek-Segafredo and I am very happy about this chance. Especially with an eye on the Classics, it is a great and very experienced team. I feel really honored to transfer there as captain.

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Disappointed with fourth place


As happy as I was with my fourth place two days ago, I was even more disappointed with it today. The finale was perfect for me, the team was great and Warren went up the last climb really strong. But I just didn’t have the decisiveness and self-confidence that I need to ride a long sprint.

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Finally in the mix at the front again


It was a great feeling today, to finally be able to sprint with the best again. The fourth place gives me a lot of self-confidence and it shows me that I am on the right way. The team was great and I thank the guys. Our will is unbroken. We are waiting for the right chance and today showed us that we are right to be patient.

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High-speed finale


Up until two kilometers before the finish everything went well for us. We functioned good as a team. But then we lost each other and never got back together in this hectic high-speed finale. I was about 20th and at more than 60 km/h things are spinning around like a washing machine.

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More was not possible today


After a rather unspectacular race on this not very challenging championship course in and around Erfurt, I tried something at the finish, but didn’t really get away. The race could have turned out differently if the wind had been stronger.

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It can go on like this


Today it felt really good for the first time this year. My feelings on the bike have been right for a long time. But today I could ride the stage at the Dauphine really well. The team put in a super lead out, so that I was in a perfect situation to win. But the punch in the end wasn’t there and I finished eighth.

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Satisfied with my comeback in Frankfurt


What a spectacle at Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt! It was a great race on Sunday, and I enjoyed riding a race again. Thanks to the fans for a super scene. At times it was a Belgian atmosphere - simply breathtaking.

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Operations, rehab, training. After more than three very difficult months I will will finally on Sunday do once that which I love most to do: race. I will be back at the start of the Classic Rund un den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt. I can barely wait to pin my start number on my jersey.

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We are making progress


The injuries are fortunately healing very well and as expected. The cut on my thigh is already mostly closed. And yesterday I sat for the first time on the roller, in order to bring my circulation back into shape. The finger is the worst injury, which will take many weeks to heal.

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Blood work and a cast on my arm


I am now at the hospital in Hamburg (the Berufsgenossenschaftliches Unfallkrankenhaus). Tomorrow morning I will meet with the doctor and we will make a plan. Thanks to the ADAC and to the doctor who met me in Valencia and accompanied me.

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Thanks for your support


In light of the many get-well wishes and messages I wanted to get in touch. I am doing well under the circumstances. Earlier I had a full anesthesia so that the wounds on my thing, underarm and lips could be stitched.

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The sign with my name on it in Roubaix


It is still a while until Roubaix, but I have already visited the cobblestones again and tested new tires. It was pretty cold but I am always up for the pave ;-) In the end, it was an indescribable feeling to again cross "the" finish line which means everything and to feel those emotions from last spring again.

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A birthday surprise and the team presentation


After a great team presentation with an extreme amount of media interest, we have now arrived at our training camp in Calpe. Out of the Berlin refrigerator and into the sun. It was quite a temperature shock when I arrived yesterday in Berlin. It was much warmer in Frankfurt, and before that I was on Mallorca.

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Richmond, New York, Bahamas, Japan, Frankfurt


After the World Championships, my wife, my son and I visited New York and the Bahamas. First some sightseeing and then just relaxation. We had a great vacation, went diving and simply enjoyed the beach, the warm water and the time together. By the way, I didn’t touch my bike for four weeks.

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Wish us luck


Tomorrow it is finally time. I am looking forward to the World Championship race. I am well prepared, feel stron, and my team is very motivated. I expect a very special race, a race like we are not familiar with. Ten of the 16 kilometers in each lap are pretty uninteresting, flat and on a broad road. But the last six are something else.

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In the wind too early


This was one of those days where you think immediately after crossing the line: "Damn, that error was unnecessary!" The team worked brilliantly, the leadout was perfect, but I went into the wind too early, hesitated a bit and just wasn't fast enough on the final metres.

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Tandem race and Apres Tour


It is a strange feeling, not to have any control over the bike. But the tandem race yesterday on the Andreasried track in Erfurt was nevertheless a great experience, the public was super and it was great to see a lot of familiar faces from earlier days. And fortunately with Rene Enders I had an experience pilot ;-)

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Erfurt, Gera, Bochum


After returning from Paris, and a short stop at home in Frankfurt, I took part in a criterium in Austria. Today I am home again, before I go to Erfurt tomorrow, where as part of a track meet I will ride a tandem race against Marcel Kittel and Tony Martin.

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Rest day and voting for the Goldene Henne


The rest day has come to an end. At first it had almost a holiday feeling. An easy hour on the bike. Sitting in a cafe. Massage. Osteopathy. And a barbecue in the evening. But tomorrow this mood will disappear quickly, when the pain in the legs comes back. We are facing a hard week in the Alps.

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3, 2, 1 – That was that! It’s all over now.


Today we will announce the lucky ones who can soon call one of the 102 jerseys signed by Marcel Kittel and me their own. It wasn’t easy to win, a lot of bids came in the last few days. The extensive participation was great, because every Euro that comes in goes directly towards supporting out cycling youngsters.

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Second for the fifth time


Unfortunately it didn’t work out with the stage win today. This was one of the best chances that this Tour has offered e so far. I didn’t do much wrong. Andre was simply too strong today. He is in a super form. I simply could not get by him. The win for him is in order. Congratulations.

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Green jersey: Anything can happen


We rode all out today for the first 60 to 70 kilometers. That is not a problem – or wouldn’t be, if there weren’t any mountains. It was incredibly demanding. I was able to pick up a few more points in the fight for the green jersey. You never know what might happen and I simply try to routinely pick up points.

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102 Jerseys from the 102nd Tour for charity


So that many German cyclists can take part in the Tour de France in the future, we want to support the younger cycling generation with a charity auction. If you have ever wanted a jersey signed by me and Marcel Kittel, then you now have the chance to get one and at the same time do a good deed.

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Still waiting for my chance


What a stage. I am really sorry about Tony’s crash. Too bad that he is out. Because of this situation, our order got messed up. Warren crashed too, and he is the one would have countered attacks such as that by Stybar, who eventually won. Myself, I feel good and am still waiting for my chance.

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Second for the fourth time


It almost worked out today with my first stage win at the Tour de France. But just like three times in the last two years, things changed suddenly in the finale. I am super disappointed. But still, Tony won and got yellow.

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Cooling vests and ice cubes


Two cooling vests, towels out of the ice bath and ice cubes – there was no other way to bear the heat today. I didn’t warm up as long as usual, either. But I am totally satisfied with my results and being 45 seconds back. >The course was good to ride and especially the fans were fantastic.

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