Paris-Roubaix is naming a cobbled sector after 2015 winner John Degenkolb (Lotto Soudal). The German will see his identify carried out to the field that runs from Hornaing à Wandignies to Hamage as praise for his efforts in saving junior Paris-Roubaix remaining 12 months.
The sphere is likely one of the longest within the race, measuring in at 3.7km. The four-star sector, the 13 th in remaining 12 months’s race, got here 76km from the top of 2019 Paris-Roubaix, which was once gained via Degenkolb’s new teammate Philippe Gilbert.
Ultimate February, Degenkolb began a Gofundme web page to assist save the race, which is organised via the Vélo Membership de Roubaix Lille Métropole, after listening to that it was once below danger because of a €10,000 shortfall in investment.
In a message at the web page, Degenkolb stated that the scoop “hit me like a bomb.” The crowdfunding effort went on to lift €17,661, with all the quantity going to the race organisers.
“Thanks such a lot to your strengthen of the Paris-Roubaix Junior race,” stated Degenkolb after the fundraising effort was once whole.
“As quickly because the donations arrive from the Gofundme platform to my account, I can immediately switch the monet to the Paris-Roubaix Juniors volunteer John Malaise and the Amis de Paris-Roubaix. I’m beaten and phrases can not categorical how grateful I’m to your strengthen. Thanks.”
Paris-Roubaix Juniors, which runs its 18th version in 2020, was once gained remaining 12 months via Hidde van Veenendaal of the Netherlands. Earlier winners have integrated Geraint Thomas (2004), Jasper Stuyven (2010), Mads Pedersen (2013), and Tom Pidcock (2017).
Degenkolb himself did not experience the race as a junior, however went directly to win the race in 2015, outsprinting Zdenek Štybar a 12 months after completing 2d at the back of Niki Terpstra. Roubaix was once additionally the scene of one in every of his most renowned victories, on the 2018 Excursion de France.
Then using for Trek-Segafredo, the German took an emotional win on degree 9 – his first WorldTour victory since a automobile crashed into him and several other Massive-Alpecin teammates all the way through a coaching camp in early 2016. Degenkolb suffered a fractured a forearm and virtually misplaced a finger, dropping 4 months of the 2016 season consequently.
This 12 months, Degenkolb has joined Lotto Soudal after 3 seasons spent at Trek-Segafredo. He’s going to hyperlink up with Philippe Gilbert on the Belgian squad, with the duo set to move up an intriguing cobbled Classics workforce. Degenkolb will get started his 2020 marketing campaign on January 30 on the Problem Mallorca, a sequence of 4 one-day races held at the island.
He is not the primary rider to have a Paris-Roubaix sector named after him. Amongst others, he Haveluy to Wallers segment is known as after 1981 winner Bernard Hinault, whilst the general cobbled sector within the the city of Roubaix is known as after native Charles Crupelandt, who gained in each 1912 and 1914. Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle, winner in 1992 and 1993, has two sectors named after him, whilst there may be additionally a sector named after Michael Goolaerts, who died after being hit via a race moto on the 2018 version.