John Degenkolb misses World Championships road race
Sep 17 2017 07:20 pm CET

John Degenkolb misses World Championships road race

John Degenkolb will not take part in the World Championships road race. The German hasn't recovered his shape on time after having to abandon the Vuelta a España.

Degenkolb was forced to withdraw from the Spanish Grand Tour due to bronchitis. The German Cycling federation has confirmed that the rider is still suffering from respiratory problems.

The Trek-Segafredo rider was set to be one of the captains of the German selection and has confirmed his decision through social media. "After I left the Vuelta a España due to a bronchitis I could return very fast back on my bike, back into training and as well back into racing," he said.

"In these races it turned out that I am not in the shape as before, not in the shape to fulfill the leading role at the world cups elite race. A role I expect from myself and my team and mates and the fans expect that from me as well."

The replacement for Degenkolb as German captain will be Nikias Arndt (Sunweb). "Believe me, it was not an easy decision to announce today that I won't start in Bergen. But it is the right one in regard of the team, in regard of the BDR and as well in regard of myself," the rider continued.

"I wish the full German team maximum success at all the races in the next week in Norway and keep for all of them the fingers crossed."
Photo of John Degenkolb by Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com





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