John Degenkolb is having a look to take his new workforce Lotto Soudal up stage as he hyperlinks up with fellow Paris-Roubaix winner Philippe Gilbert in 2020.
The German makes the transfer after spending 3 years at Trek-Segafredo, and together with Gilbert, will glance to restore the squad’s cobbled Classics fortunes. Since Peter Van Petegem’s Flanders-Roubaix double in 2003, the Belgian workforce have a solitary Gent-Wevelgem to their identify, courtesy of Nico Mattan in 2005.
“Now we have already had the primary workforce assembly and kind of mentioned what the route can be, particularly for the Classics,” mentioned Degenkolb in an interview with Radsport Information. “We wish to take the workforce to a better stage and reach extra good fortune than previously.”
The signings of the duo, who’ve seven Monument victories between them, had been introduced simply days aside in mid-August. Degenkolb, who has additionally enthused concerning the prospect of racing along sprinter Caleb Ewan, mentioned the announcement gave them alternatives to speak all the way through the Vuelta a España, including that the pair have a just right working out.
“It used to be already transparent all the way through the Vuelta that we’d each transfer to Lotto Soudal,” he mentioned. “We already had a couple of alternatives to talk. We perceive each and every different smartly.
“Within the spring there can be a large number of overlapping and we’re going to be at the highway in combination – even within the wintry weather – to create a definite construction within the workforce.”
The schedules and season targets of each Degenkolb and Gilbert haven’t begun to be finalised, with the 30-year-old declining to expose the rest simply but. However the cobbled Classics are sure to be a significant purpose.
It is also no secret that 37-year-old Gilbert is having a look to take a victory at Milan-San Remo – a race Degenkolb gained in 2015 – prior to he retires, one thing he identified as he posted a Twitter video using of him thru a San Remo railway tunnel embellished with placards of previous winners.
Degenkolb used to be additionally quiet at the the explanation why he left Trek-Segafredo, one thing he additionally did not discuss when he spoke to Cyclingnews on the season-ending Excursion of Guangxi. The German wasn’t decided on for the Excursion de France this 12 months, however would handiest say that the verdict did not impact his personal selection to transport on from the American squad.
“It isn’t as if you are in search of any other workforce if you are now not taken to the Excursion,” he mentioned. “That used to be undoubtedly now not the explanation why I left the workforce.”
Degenkolb will quickly get an opportunity to catch up with Gilbert and his new teammates, with Lotto Soudal retaining their end-of-season coaching camp and workforce presentation at the island of Mallorca, Spain in mid-December.
Passing thru this improbable outdated railway cycle tunnel in Sanremo, hoping to be up there myself at some point! 🤞#Season17 percent.twitter.com/kP5RJGOZpRNovember 19, 2019