John Degenkolb

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John Degenkolb
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Personal information
Full name John Degenkolb
Born (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 25)
Gera, Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight 77 kg (170 lb; 12.1 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Giant-Shimano
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics rider
Amateur team(s)
2008–2010 Thüringer Energie Team
Professional team(s)
Project 1t4i
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2013)
Vuelta a España
Points classification (2014)
9 individual stages (2012, 2014)

Stage races

Tour de Picardie (2012)

One-day races and Classics

Vattenfall Cyclassics (2013)
Gent–Wevelgem (2014)
Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop (2011)
Paris–Tours (2013)


UCI Europe Tour (2012)
Infobox last updated on
14 September 2014

John Degenkolb (born 7 January 1989) is a German professional road bicycle racer riding for the UCI ProTeam Giant-Shimano.[2]

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 so far in his career are the 2014 Gent–Wevelgem, eight stages at the Vuelta a España, two stages of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné,[3] the 2013 Vattenfall Cyclassics and the overall winner of the 2012 UCI Europe Tour.[4][5]

Professional career[edit]

Degenkolb won the overall classification of the 2012 Tour de Picardie, where he prevailed in the first and third stages of the 3-stage race. The time bonuses helped him secure the overall win.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

Degenkolb followed these successes by another sprint victory at the Grand Prix d'Isbergues[12] and a fourth place on the hilly UCI Road World Championships taking place in Valkenburg behind winner Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team).[13]

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.[14] 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.[15] In October, Degenkolb won two races on French soil in less than a week, Paris-Bourges and then the 1.HC Paris–Tours.[16]

In 2014, Degenkolb most notably won the Belgian classic Gent-Wevelgem, 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.[17] 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.[18] The third success was a 'crazy finish' according to Degenkolb, who had the better of second placed Tom Boonen.[19] The fourth victory came on Stage 17 and saw him edge Michael Matthews for the line.[20] Right after the Vuelta and conquering the points classification jersey, Degenkolb had to be hospitalized for a lymphatic infection.[21]


1st Stage 2 Thüringen Rundfahrt
2nd ZLM Tour
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg U-23 Road Race UCI Road World Championship
3rd ZLM Tour
3rd Ronde van Vlaanderen Beloften
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
FBD Insurance Ras
1st Stages 6 & 8
2nd La Côte Picarde
2nd Silver medal blank.svg U-23 Road Race UCI Road World Championship
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
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 4, 5, 12 & 17
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Paris-Bourges
2nd Paris–Roubaix
2nd Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop
2nd Sparkassen Münsterland Giro
2nd Binche–Chimay–Binche
3rd Overall Étoile de Bessèges
1st Jersey yellow.svg Points classification
4th Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
9th World Road Race Championships


  1. ^ a b "John DEGENKOLB". Tour de France 2013. Amaury Sport Organisation. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "John Degenkolb’s move to Skil-Shimano made official". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). 17 August 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Degenkolb proves his pedigree on stage four
  4. ^ "Degenkolb proud after winning Europe Tour". Argos-Shimano (Project 1t4i). 8 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Atkins, Ben (8 October 2012). "Paris-Tours heroics secure John Degenkolb the overall Europe Tour". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Degenkolb wins Tour de Picardie". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 13 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Ben Atkins (19 August 2012). "Vuelta a España: John Degenkolb takes stage two in tight, uphill sprint". Velo Nation (Velo Nation LLC). Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Degenkolb gets another Vuelta stage". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 22 August 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Vuelta a España: John Degenkolb motors to a hat-trick on Alcañiz race circuit". Velo Nation (Velo Nation LLC). 24 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Moore, Kyle (28 August 2012). "Quatro victorias for Degenkolb after stage 10 to Sanxenxo". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Atkins, Ben (9 September 2012). "John Degenkolb gets number five on final stage as Contador wins". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Degenkolb sprint to 11th victory of the season". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 16 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ Ben Atkins (25 September 2012). "John Degenkolb looks back happy with World championship fourth". Velo Nation (Velo Nation LLC). Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  14. ^ Fotheringham, Alasdair (8 May 2013). "Degenkolb ecstatic after taking first Giro d'Italia stage win". (Future plc). Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  15. ^ Nigel Wynn (25 August 2013). "John Degenkolb wins Vattenfall Cyclassics". VeloNews (Competitor Group, Inc.). Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  16. ^ Barry Ryan (13 October 2013). "Degenkolb finishes 2013 with Paris-Tours victory". (Future plc). Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  17. ^ Daniel Benson (29 August 2014). "Vuelta a España: Degenkolb wins stage 4 in Córdoba". (Future plc). Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  18. ^ Barry Ryan (27 August 2014). "Degenkolb shakes off Bouhanni’s complaints at Vuelta a España". (Future plc). Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  19. ^ Spencer Powlison (4 September 2014). "Degenkolb takes third Vuelta victory in stage 12". Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Vuelta a España: Degenkolb wins in A Coruña". (Future plc). 10 September 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  21. ^ "Degenkolb in Frankfurt hospital". VeloNews (Competitor Group, Inc.). 16 September 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

Official website John Degenkolb profile at Cycling Archives