Hospitalised John Degenkolb Confident For Road World Championships

BERLIN, Sept 17, 2014 (AFP) - German sprinter John Degenkolb, who recently won the green jersey as points leader on the Tour of Spain, has been hospitalised in Frankfurt with a fever, his manager Jorg Werner revealed on Wednesday. "An injury to his right leg after a crash has become infected. For his own safety, John must stay a few days in hospital," Werner told German daily Bild. … [Read more...]

John Degenkolb Wins Third Tour of Spain Stage

LOGROóO, Spain, Sept 04, 2014 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb won for the third time on the Tour of Spain as he triumphed in a sprint finish on the 166.4km 12th stage around Logrono, whilst Spain's Alberto Contador maintained his overall lead on Thursday. In a reduced sprint due to a crash in the closing stages, Degenkolb added to his victories in the third and fourth stages as he … [Read more...]

John Degenkolb Wins 2nd Straight Tour of Spain Stage

MADRID, Aug 27, 2014 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb won his second stage of the Tour of Spain in as many days in a controversial finish on Wednesday as Australian Michael Matthews extended his overall lead. France's Nacer Bouhanni, who won the second stage, claimed he was blocked out by Degenkolb as he tried to pass at the finish line of the 180km stage from Priego de Cordoba to … [Read more...]

Michael Matthews Keeps Lead, Degenkolb Wins Stage 4

CORDOVA, Spain, Aug 26, 2014 (AFP) - Australian rider Michael Matthews remains the overall leader of the Tour of Spain after Germany's John Degenkolb won Tuesday's fourth stage, a 164.7-km ride from Mairena del Alcor to Cordoba. Degenkolb, second in this year's Paris-Roubaix one day classic, crossed the line ahead of Spaniard Vicente Reynes with Matthews in third after … [Read more...]

Ji Cheng Set To Make Tour de France History

PARIS, June 25, 2014 (AFP) - Ji Cheng is set to make history as the first Chinese rider on the Tour de France after being named in the Team Giant-Shimano for the gruelling event. The 26-year-old became the first Chinese to ride in a Grand Tour when he completed the Spanish Vuelta in 2012, later going on to compete in the Giro d'Italia a year later, although he failed to finish. … [Read more...]

Tour of California Stage 1 Comes Down To Centimeters

11-May-2014: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team tried their luck in the crosswinds, but the 193.3km 1st Stage of AMGEN Tour of California Stage 1 was destined for a group arrival as the wind changed on Sunday with too many kilometers remaining. OPQS switched back to preparation for the bunch sprint, and Mark Cavendish was able to beat John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) by mere centimeters for the … [Read more...]

The Spring Classics Heavy Hitters For 2014

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, April 04, 2014 (AFP) - With the main Spring Classics races due to begin on Sunday with the Tour of Flanders, AFP takes a look at the main contenders. Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Twice in the last four years the 33-year-old Swiss time-trial and classics expert has done the Tour of Flanders-Paris-Roubaix double and he will rightly be considered the … [Read more...]

German John Degenkolb Wins Gent-Wevelgem Classic

WEVELGEM, Belgium, March 30, 2014 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb of the Giant team won the Gent-Wevelgem spring classic race on Sunday, heaping praise on his teammates for reeling in three peloton escapees. Degenkolb timed 5hr 34min 43sec over the 233km ride to finish ahead of Frenchman Arnaud Demare and Slovakia's defending champion Peter Sagan. "This race is one of the really … [Read more...]

John Degenkolb Wins Stage 3 And Lead In Paris-Nice

MAGNY-COURS, France, March 11, 2014 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb of the Giant team won a sprint finish to the third stage of Paris-Nice at Magny-Cours on Tuesday and took the overall race lead at the same time. Degenkolb powered home on the 180km stage from Tourcy ahead of Australian Matthew Goss and Jose Joaquin Rojas of Spain. Time bonuses allowed Degenkolb to snare the … [Read more...]

John Degenkolb of Argos-Shimano Wins Paris-Tours

PARIS, Oct 13, 2013 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb won the 107th edition of the Paris-Tours on Sunday, the Argos rider coming in ahead of Dane Michael Morkov and Arnaud Demare of France. Degenkolb was adding this 235 kilometer race which brings the curtain down on the classic season to his win in Thursday's Paris-Bourges. "My victory in Hamburg (Cyclassics) was the first step … [Read more...]