'I can still perform really well when everybody's suffered a lot, it’s my biggest talent'

John Degenkolb is the rightful heir to the Classics throne, and he has a tailor made team, and the whole of Germany, behind him

Degenkolb: man of the monument (Credit: Gould)

Stepping into a Classics-shaped hole left by Fabian Cancellara at Trek-Segafredo this season was always going to be a challenge for any rider, even if that rider has victories in Ghent-Wevelgem, Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix on his palmarès.

When John Degenkolb signed for the American outfit at the start of this season from Giant-Alpecin, he had one key objective in mind: to add to his Monument victories this spring.

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