Trek-Segafredo confirm signing of John Degenkolb in a game of Twitter Guess Who

John Degenkolb joins Trek-Segafredo for the 2017 season, replacing Fabian Cancellara as the team's main Classic rider.

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

It's long since been rumoured that John Degenkolb would leave Giant-Alpecin for Trek-Segafredo and the move was confirmed on Friday evening in a manner that depicted the game Guess Who.

The 2015 Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix winner is to follow Alberto Contador and Jarlinson Pantano in joining the American WorldTour team for the 2017 season.

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Degenkolb, who suffered injury in a training crash in January in Spain and is only just returning to form at the Arctic Tour of Norway, is seen as Fabian Cancellara's replacement in the Classics, the Olympic time trial champion retiring at the end of this season.

Speculation about Degenkolb's move to Trek has been present for several months and in a series of jovial, teasing Twitter exchanges, the announcement was finally made.

Take a look at the exchange for yourself and try really hard to see if you can guess who Trek-Segafredo's new signing is. We only just managed to identify it...


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Welcome to the team @johndegenkolb!

— Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) August 12, 2016

Degenkolb later posted a video message to his fans commenting on the announcement of his new squad.

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