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Julien

Bernard

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John

Degenkolb

Nationality
German
Lives in
Frankfurt, Germany
Birthdate
07 Jan 1989
Speciality
Sprinter/Classics
Weight
77kg
Height
180cm
At age eight he participated in his first race and won the short three-kilometer event, a moment of no-return.

One of the most exciting new signings for 2017 is John (Dege) Degenkolb who comes to Trek-Segafredo after five years with team Giant. John has won Gent-Wevelgem, Paris-Bourges, Paris-Tours, the Vattenfall Cyclassics and notched up stage wins in the Vuelta a España, the Giro d’Italia, Critérium du Dauphiné and Paris-Nice. His biggest accolades came in 2015 when he captured two of cycling's biggest one-day races, Milan-Sanremo and Paris-Roubaix.

Early in 2016, a tragic training accident cut his season short, causing him to miss the spring classics. After a lengthy rehabilitation, John began competing again and finally found his racing legs back at the end of the season. The accident was a huge setback but gave John time to pause, reflect, and think about his future, which led him to Trek-Segafredo: a strong Classics team where he knew many riders and staff and felt immediately at home.

John was introduced to cycling by his father, also a fervent competitor. At age eight he participated in his first race and won the short three-kilometer event, a moment of no-return.  John counts 2001 as his first real season – he was 11 - and it was a matter of when, not if, he turned pro, which happened at the end of his under-23 years. He signed a pro contract with HTC in 2011 and the American registered UCI team was a great fit: John won a handful of races in his neo-pro season. When HTC ended its sponsorship, he joined Giant where he remained through 2016.

John's targets for 2017 are simple: Milan-Sanremo, Paris-Roubaix, and the Tour of Flanders for his spring campaign, the Tour de France - which starts in Germany - and the World Championships in Norway at season end. Of the three Monuments, Paris-Roubaix tops his list, a race he has watched since a boy and its storied history and toughness have always fascinated him.

John spends his free time with his wife and two-year-old son and, when he can fit it in, loves to ride his motorbike.

 

Palmares
2017
1ST
Stage 3, Dubai Tour
2ND
Stage 10, Tour de France
2ND
Stage 2, Paris-Nice
2ND
Stage 4, Volta ao Algarve
2ND
GP Kanton Aargau-Gippingen
3RD
Overall, Dubai Tour
3RD
Stage 3, Paris-Nice
3RD
Stage 16, Tour de France
3RD
National Championships, road
3RD
Stage 2, Tour de Suisse
3RD
Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt
2016
1ST
Münsterland Giro
1ST
Stage 4, Arctic Race of Norway
2ND
Stage 1, Abu Dhabi Tour
2ND
Stages 1,2, Arctic Race of Norway
2ND
EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg
2015
1ST
Paris-Roubaix
1ST
Milan-Sanremo
1ST
Stage 21, Vuelta a España
1ST
Stages 2,5, Bayern Rundfahrt
1ST
Stage 3, Dubai Tour
2ND
Overall, Dubai Tour
2ND
Stages 4,15, Tour de France
2ND
Stages 5,10, Vuelta a España
2ND
Stages 2,5, Vuelta a Andalucia
3RD
Stage 3, Vuelta a España
3RD
Stage 1, Bayern Rundfahrt
3RD
Stage 2, Paris-Nice
2014
1ST
Paris-Bourges
1ST
Stages 4,5,12, 17, Vuelta a España
1ST
Gent-Wevelgem
1ST
Stage 3, Paris-Nice
1ST
Stages 1,2,3, Tour Méditerranéen
2ND
Paris-Roubaix
2ND
Stages 11,19, Tour de France
2013
1ST
Paris-Tours
1ST
Paris-Bourges
1ST
Stages 2,4, Tour de l'Eurométropole
1ST
Vattenfall Cyclassics - Hamburg
1ST
Stage 5, Giro d'Italia
2ND
Brussels Cycling Classic
2ND
Stage 7, Tour de France
2012
1ST
Stages 2,5,7,10,21, Vuelta a España
1ST
GP d'Isbergues - Pas de Calais
1ST
Stage 7, Tour of Poland
1ST
Overall, Tour de Picardie
1ST
Stages 1,3, Tour de Picardie
1ST
Stages 1,2, 4 Jours de Dunkerque
3RD
Overall, 4 Jours de Dunkerque
2011
1ST
Stages 2,4, Critérium du Dauphiné
1ST
Stage 2, Bayern-Rundfahrt
1ST
Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt
1ST
Stage 1, Three days of West Flanders
1ST
Stage 2, Volta ao Algarve