John Degenkolb: This feels like winning a Monument
Aug 15 2016 09:24 pm CET

John Degenkolb: This feels like winning a Monument
John Degenkolb: This feels like winning a Monument

German cyclist John Degenkolb says that his win in the last stage of the Arctic Race of Norway feels like a Classic victory after coming back from a serious training accident.

The Giant-Alpecin rider sprinted to victory in the Norwegian race, beating home rider Alexander Kristoff, securing his first win since being involved in an accident during a January training camp in Calpe, Spain.

In the crash, Degenkolb almost lost a finger and he has had to get used to handling his bike with only four fingers as the affected finger lacks the strength to be used properly in competition.

"It's a great relief to get the victory, and it took a lot of energy, almost as much as winning a Monument," he said. "I'm super happy to not be alone here as the team did an awesome job, incredibly good. They timed the lead-out perfectly and I was able to finish it off with good legs in the end.

"I was really close to the win twice already this week but it didn't work out, and then today it went fine and we did a great job."

Giant-Alpecin coach Dirk Reuling was happy to see his rider return to his winning ways. It's his first win of the season and after his comeback so it's a special win - he really deserved it.

"There was a really hard fight in the beginning, before the first climb, then on the climb it was more controlled but BMC made it really hard and the peloton split. John was in the second split and so we had to race hard for a long time to bring it back. The team worked really well there and everything came back together."
Photo of John Degenkolb by Team Giant-Alpecin





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