Nationality: German Date of birth: January 7, 1989 Height: 180cm Weight: 79kg Team: Trek-Segafredo
Versatile sprinter John Degenkolb quickly established himself in the professional peloton, winning five stages of the 2012 Vuelta a Espana for the Project 1t4i team having only turned professional the previous year. The following season, Degenkolb won Paris-Tours, Paris-Bourges and the Vattenfall Cyclassics. But it was his ninth place in the 2013 Tour of Flanders that perhaps signalled what was to come.
Degenkolb distinguished himself from pure sprinter and German team-mate Marcel Kittel by excelling in the classics and tougher, hillier races. Victory in the 2014 Ghent-Wevelgem, in addition to stage wins and points classification victories that year in Tour Méditerranéen, Paris-Nice and the Vuelta a Espana, as well as second place in Paris-Roubaix, underlined his credentials.
It was to be 2015 that Degenkolb really came good, claiming both Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix, two of cycling’s biggest one-day races.
After a tough final year at Giant-Alpecin, the German joined Trek-Segafredo to begin anew. He notched his first win with them at the Dubai tour in Feburary with a win on stage three. He will go to the Tour de France hoping he can break his duck at the Grand Tour.