On every occasion he is requested about his earlier efficiency within the Excursion de Pologne seven years in the past, John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) solutions with amusing that even supposing he received a level, he had little thought of the place he in reality completed within the bunch dash that day till he was once on the subject of crossing the road.
“I bear in mind the dash and the elements. I additionally keep in mind that I could not see rarely anything else as it was once raining so exhausting,” Degenkolb mentioned ahead of the hole level of this 12 months’s Excursion de Pologne, the place he completed 9th. “So it’s been a very long time since I did the Excursion de Pologne, nevertheless it’s nice to be again once more.”
Degenkolb is now again racing in Poland for the primary time since then. A 9th position within the opening dash, if now not a victory, unquestionably showed that the German is discovering his manner ahead. Then his mid-terms goals are the Vuelta a España and the UCI Highway International Championships.
“I’ve been coaching for 3 weeks at altitude in Livigno, so I think recent and in a position to race once more,” Degenkolb informed Cyclingnews. “I’m nonetheless missing some depth right here, however I’ll get that evidently right here this week once I’m racing.”
As for lacking his group’s Excursion de France variety, Degenkolb admits it was once on his checklist of conceivable goals for 2019, however he isn’t unsatisfied with how issues are going within the season basically.
“It was once a case of plan A and plan B, and I’m pleased with plan B at the present time and glad to be doing the Excursion de Pologne and the Vuelta. Then we can see how my situation is for the Worlds,” he mentioned.
The 30-year-old former Paris-Roubaix and Milano-San Remo winner has unquestionably shone within the Vuelta a España up to now, and it has on each events been a excellent base for the Worlds. He took 4 phases of the Vuelta again in 2014 and the issues jersey, in addition to 5 level in 2012. He then went on to complete fourth within the 2012 International Championships and 9th in 2014.
Talking to different newshounds, Degenkolb would now not be drawn on his group plans for subsequent 12 months, pronouncing a last determination has but to be taken, even supposing there are rumours he’ll be transferring on from Trek-Segafredo after 3 seasons.