John Degenkolb after Challenge Mallorca victory: It's a great feeling to achieve this with the team
Jan 25 2018 07:21 pm CET

John Degenkolb after Challenge Mallorca victory: It's a great feeling to achieve this with the team
John Degenkolb after Challenge Mallorca victory: It's a great feeling to achieve this with the team
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JOHN DEGENKOLB
TREK - SEGAFREDO

Trek-Segafredo's John Degenkolb has won the opening event of the Challenge Mallorca. The German crossed the finish line ahead of Sondre Holst Enger and Jasper De Buyst.

The Trofeo Porreres-Felanitx-Ses Salines was 178 kilometres long and started with an escape group of eight riders that included Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Preben Van Hecke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Alvaro Robledo (Burgos-BH) and Jon Ander Insausti (Team Euskadi). They created a gap with the peloton of almost two minutes.

The escapees were caught with 15 kilometres to go as the peloton sentenced the race to a final sprint. Degenkolb was surrounded by a strong team focused on classic races, which positioned him in a perfect way for him to take the victory.

"It's a great feeling to get the first victory already, to achieve this together with the team," said Degenkolb at the end of the race. "We had a really nice week of training already this week in Mallorca, in the training camp, and to start the season like this with a win is always great.

"I felt really good; the team did a perfect job to make a good sprint for me. I have good memories of this race because for me this was my first professional race in 2011. Today was a great revival."

This is the first race for Degenkolb after a difficult second half of the 2017 season in which he had respiratory problems that persisted and took him out of races like the Vuelta a España and the Tour of Denmark and stopped him from going to the World Championships of Bergen 2017.

"It's a fantastic feeling! I have worked really hard this winter, and after all what has happened at the end of last year, this is such a big relief to get this winning feeling back and know that I am still able to win races because it's quite a long time since I crossed the finish line in first position," explained the rider.

"For me, it's just very amazing to feel that, and to also to feel the whole support from the riders: The whole team for the whole winter was behind me and pushed me to come to this level again."
Photo of John Degenkolb by Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com





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