Giant-Alpecin's John Degenkolb hopes to return to racing in May and is targeting a stage win at the Tour de France this summer
With the Tour de France still several months away in July, the Giant-Alpecin sprinter is targeting something that has so far eluded him in his career – a stage win in the Grand Boucle.
“We can’t promise anything at the moment, but if the training goes well, I will probably be able to race again in the next 8 to 10 weeks,” Degenkolb said at a press conference in Germany.
“I am eager to be back on my bike as quick as possible. From now, the Tour de France is still three and a half months away and it will be my main target to win a stage there. I believe that I can reach the same level again I had before the accident.”
While Frederik Ludvigsson and Ramon Sinkeldam have returned to racing, Degenkolb, Warren Barguil, Chad Haga and Max Walscheid still remain sidelined.
But the incident hasn’t dampened Degenkolb’s love of racing, with the German revealing that he is starting training again this week.
“The accident was a big shock and I will still need time to recover. At the moment, I am feeling okay and the rehabilitation is going really well. I am very motivated in racing again and I will start my training this week,” he said.
“I would like to thank my family and my team for their great support in these difficult times. As you all know, I am a very active person and I was happy that I could count on them in this situation.”