John Degenkolb dreams of completing the spring triple crown

Having won both Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix in 2015, John Degenkolb has set his sights on winning the Tour of Flanders this season

John Degenkolb wins the 2015 Paris-Roubaix. Photo: Graham Watson
(Image credit: Watson)

Giant-Alpecin's John Degenkolb was the king of the early Classics in 2015, winning both Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix in an impressive start to the season.

Degenkolb is now looking to add the Tour of Flanders to his palmares to complete the 'dream' triple.

The German stormed to victory in La Primavera, beating reigning champion Alexander Kristoff on the line in San Remo. Three weeks later Degenkolb rode the perfect race to hold off Zdenek Stybar and Greg Van Avermaet to win Paris Roubaix.

"It is my dream to win the 'triple'," Degenkolb told German paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. "For this season the Classics again are my big goals.

"Milan-San Remo, Flanders and Roubaix. It would be great to have all three on my list."

Degenkolb came close to the triple last season, but had to settle for seventh place in Flanders, finishing 49 seconds down on the man he beat in San Remo, Kristoff.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.