Degenkolb at a press event in 2015.
|Full name||John Degenkolb|
7 January 1989 |
Gera, East Germany
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||77 kg (170 lb; 12.1 st)|
|Rider type||Classics rider
|2008–2010||Thüringer Energie Team|
|Infobox last updated on
12 April 2015
In 2010 he won his first stage race, the Thüringen Rundfahrt, and finished second in the under 23 race at the Road World Championship. His biggest wins to date are the 2015 Milan–San Remo and the 2015 Paris-Roubaix, two of cycling's five monuments. He has also won the 2014 Gent–Wevelgem, eight stages at the Vuelta a España, two stages of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, the 2013 Vattenfall Cyclassics and the overall winner of the 2012 UCI Europe Tour.
In 2011, Degenkolb turned professional with the UCI World Tour HTC-Highroad squad, following in the footsteps of other notable sprinters such as Mark Cavendish and André Greipel. In his debut season in pro ranks he won stages at the Volta ao Algarve, Three Days of West Flanders and Bayern-Rundfahrt before winning two stages of the Critérium du Dauphiné. He also won the Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop one day race.
Project 1t4i (2012-present)
On 19 August 2012, Degenkolb took his first stage win on a Grand Tour, stage 2 of the Vuelta a España concluding in Viana. On the slightly rising finish, he crossed the line before Allan Davis of Orica-GreenEDGE and Team Sky's Ben Swift. He repeated the exploit on stage 5, a flat affair in Logroño. Degenkolb came around Daniele Bennati, who had opened a decent gap in the last 200 m (660 ft), and crossed the line with a slight margin over the RadioShack-Nissan rider.
With the points classification jersey on his shoulders, he took his third win of the Vuelta on stage 7, which came to an end with a lap around the Alcañiz race circuit. After what he qualified as a pretty mellow race on stage 10, Degenkolb came out as the victor again in Sanxenxo, sprinting hard on the uphill false-flat, edging Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni of FDJ-BigMat. He finished the Vuelta with five victories, including the coveted last stage in Madrid, where he concluded his second participation in a Grand Tour with another win.
Degenkolb followed these successes by another sprint victory at the Grand Prix d'Isbergues and a fourth place on the hilly UCI Road World Championships taking place in Valkenburg behind winner Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team).
Degenkolb's credentials in 2013 started in May with a stage victory at the Giro d'Italia, his first win in the Italian Grand Tour. For the Tour de France, Degenkolb acted as a lead-out man for his teammate Marcel Kittel, who won 4 stages. Degenkolb then went on to win the 2013 World Tour race Vattenfall Cyclassics in his homeland, beating Andre Greipel to the line in the final. In October, Degenkolb won two races on French soil in less than a week, Paris-Bourges and then the 1.HC Paris–Tours.
In 2014, Degenkolb most notably won the Belgian classic Gent-Wevelgem ahead of fellow sprinters Arnaud Demare and Peter Sagan. He also earned the points classification and 3 stages of the Tour Méditerranéen and 4 stages of the Vuelta a Espana. The first stage he won contained two categorised climbs and was raced in oven-like heat. The second one was a massive sprint where FDJ rider Nacer Bouhanni complained he had been unfairly pushed to the barriers by Degenkolb, who still retained the victory. The third success was a 'crazy finish' according to Degenkolb, who had the better of second placed Tom Boonen. The fourth victory came on Stage 17 and saw him edge Michael Matthews for the line. Right after the Vuelta and conquering the points classification jersey, Degenkolb had to be hospitalized for a lymphatic infection.
In 2015, Degenkolb won his first race in Dubai, the third stage of the race. He grabbed the biggest victory of his career at that point in March at Milan – San Remo, where he won the sprint in front of 2014 winner Alexander Kristoff. In April, he won the much coveted classic Paris-Roubaix. In the final kilometers, he bridged the gap to two escapees and finally won a group sprint of seven riders in the Roubaix velodrome. He became the first German to win the race since Josef Fischer won the inaugural edition in 1896, and the first rider to win Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix in the same year since Sean Kelly in 1986.
- 1st Stage 2 Thüringen Rundfahrt
- 2nd ZLM Tour
- 2nd Overall Tour du Haut Anjou
- 3rd U-23 Road Race UCI Road World Championship
- 3rd ZLM Tour
- 3rd Ronde van Vlaanderen Beloften
- 6th Overall Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
- 8th Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
- Tour de Bretagne
- 1st Stages 4 & 5
- 1st Stage 3 Tour Alsace
- Tour de l'Avenir
- 1st Stages 1 & 5
- 1st Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt
- 1st Stage 3
- 9th Overall FBD Insurance Ras
- 1st Stages 6 & 8
- 2nd La Côte Picarde
- 2nd U-23 Road Race UCI Road World Championship
- 4th Overall Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
- 6th Ronde van Vlaanderen Beloften
- Critérium du Dauphiné
- 1st Stages 2 & 4
- 1st Stage 2 Volta ao Algarve
- 1st Stage 1 Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
- 1st Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt
- 1st Stage 2 Bayern Rundfahrt
- 2nd Trofeo Cala Millor
- 2nd Münsterland Giro
- 4th Paris-Bourges
- 1st Overall UCI Europe Tour
- 1st Overall Tour de Picardie
- 1st Stages 1 & 3
- 1st Grand Prix d'Isbergues
- Vuelta a España
- 1st Stages 2, 5, 7, 10 & 21
- 1st Stage 7 Tour de Pologne
- 3rd Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
- 1st Stages 1 & 2
- 4th UCI Road World Championships
- 4th Paris–Tours
- 5th Milan – San Remo
- 6th E3 Harelbeke
- 1st Vattenfall Cyclassics
- 1st Paris–Bourges
- 1st Paris–Tours
- 1st Stage 5 Giro d'Italia
- 2nd Overall Tour de l'Eurometropole
- 1st Stages 2 & 4
- 2nd Brussels Cycling Classic
- 2nd Grand Prix d'Isbergues
- 3rd National Road Race Championships
- 4th Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop
- 9th Tour of Flanders
- 10th GP Ouest-France
- 1st Gent–Wevelgem
- Tour Méditerranéen
- Vuelta a España
- 1st Paris-Bourges
- 2nd Paris–Roubaix
- 2nd Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop
- 2nd Sparkassen Münsterland Giro
- 2nd Binche–Chimay–Binche
- 3rd Overall Étoile de Bessèges
- 4th Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
- 9th World Road Race Championships
- 1st Milan–San Remo
- 1st Stage 3 Dubai Tour
- 1st Paris–Roubaix
- 7th Tour of Flanders
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