John Degenkolb happy with progress but hungry for more
Jul 08 2017 01:49 am CET

John Degenkolb happy with progress but hungry for more

German John Degenkolb finished fifth in Friday's stage of the Tour de France, just three days after being involved in the controversial crash for which Peter Sagan was sent home.

The Trek-Segafredo rider hit Mark Cavendish after the Briton was pushed into the fences. He hurt his shoulder in the crash but suffered no serious injuries.

On Friday, Degenkolb was in the mix to take the stage 7 victory but eventually had to settle for fifth place as his former teammate Marcel Kittel took the win.

"I am happy with fifth, but I am still believing in myself that more is possible," said the sprinter. "In the race, same as yesterday, the shoulder was much better. It is not that I have a big disadvantage from it anymore, and now I also feel that the power is also coming back because a crash like this takes a lot of energy.

"The next two stages are very important for the team, and I hope that we can support Alberto as good as we can, and he can stay up there."

Degenkolb has yet to win a stage in the Tour de France after having won no less than ten stages in the Vuelta a España and one in the Giro d'Italia.
Photo of John Degenkolb by Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com





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