It certainly hasn’t been the ideal season for Giant-Alpecin rider John Degenkolb as he has only raced for 10 days after he and his teammates were involved in a nasty training ride accident back in January.
But the German is slowly getting back to full fitness, and with rumours of his destination for next season, the former Paris-Roubaix and Milan-Sanremo winner is hoping he can ride the Tour de France this summer.
As mentioned it is not sure whether the 27-year-old will remain at Giant next season, Trek-Segafredo are rumoured to be interested in the German sprinter’s signature but nothing has been finalised, as the rider looks to concentrate on the racing side of things.
Degenkolb hopeful of Tour de France appearance
The training crash back in Spain has really hindered Giant this season, plenty of riders have missed large parts of the season, and Degenkolb was no exception – but at the Criterium du Dauphine this week he has slowly got to grips, and yesterday he finished eighth in a bunch sprint as Edvald Boasson-Hagen won the stage.
But speaking about the potential of gracing the Tour once again, Degenkolb said: “Absolutely I want to go to the Tour, it was, from the accident, my goal to come back to the Tour and hopefully win a stage there.”
Degenkolb has been in conversation with the bosses at Giant, and if all goes to plan with the German’s fitness there shouldn’t be a problem in the 27-year-old competing in July.
The aim for the team, was to, once again go for stage victories: “The plan was to go for sprint stages in the Tour and so far everything looks fine from my side, and I hope also from the team’s side.”
Degenkolb behind his rivals
The accident really put the German back on his rivals; people like Marcel Kittel, Andre Greipel, and Mark Cavendish have all had, close to or around 40 days of racing, whereas Degenkolb has had 10. But if he can steer clear of any crashes or ill-fate at the Dauphine his place at the Tour could be confirmed sooner rather than later.
In closing, Degenkolb was surprised by the ferocity of Dauphine, saying: “The level is pretty high here this week, much more than I expected actually. Everybody wants to go to the Tour so that’s why.”