John Degenkolb bounces back from Tour de France injury

"The injury that he’s got I think probably only five per cent of the Tour de France riders would continue with that." - Giant-Shimano pilot Koen de Kort

John Degenkolb wins the 2014 Ghent-Wevelgem

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

John Degenkolb appears fit for another shot at a maiden Tour de France stage victory today after enduring an injury that contributed to the “hardest week” of his burgeoning career to date.

Degenkolb led the charging peloton that was just unable to capture Tony Gallopin (Lotto Belisol) at the end of yesterday’s lumpy 11th stage and, whilst frustrated, took confidence from a second place that indicated a return to form.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.