John Degenkolb happy with second place in Cyclassics
Aug 22 2016 01:32 am CET

John Degenkolb happy with second place in Cyclassics
John Degenkolb happy with second place in Cyclassics

German cyclist John Degenkolb of Team Giant-Alpecin says that he is happy after finishing second in Sunday's Hamburg Cyclassics.

Degenkolb initially finished third but moved up to second place after the disqualification Nacer Bouhanni. The French sprinter of Cofidis deviated from his line and obstructed Caleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange), who ended up taking the victory after the jury's decision.

"It was a very hectic and messy final," said Degenkolb. "For me, from the last climb it looked like the break would stay in front, so we had to give everything.

"Simon [Geschke] was pulling really hard to help with the chase. In the end it was a pity that Bert [De Backer] had a flat tyre and wasn't there in the final. We were a little bit blocked and couldn't prepare a perfect sprint, so I had to come from quite far, but still I'm happy with my sprint and happy to finish on the podium in Germany."

With this second place, Degenkolb once again confirmed that he is returning to his old form after returning from injuries caused by a training accident in Spain, last January.

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Photo of John Degenkolb by Team Giant-Alpecin