On September 22, 2017 Trek-Segafredo announced that John Degenkolb had been hospitalized for further examinations after he had to abandon in the 5th stage of PostNord Danmark Rundt - Tour of Denmark due to respiratory problems.
Team head doctor, Nino Daniele: “John’s condition was not improving enough after his DNF in the Tour of Denmark, so we decided he had to go to the hospital for additional tests for his respiratory issues. Fortunately, John quickly started to feel better and could leave the hospital after a few days. He will start training again in two weeks, but of course we will follow-up on him during the coming months.”
John Degenkolb: “After I came out of the hospital, there was no time enough to get into shape to still race this season, so we decided that I would take my break a bit earlier this year. In two weeks, I will start training again and I am really looking forward to that. 2017 didn’t exactly go like I wanted and expected, so I am ready for 2018. Bring it on!”