At the team’s press meeting today in Oberursel, Germany, John Degenkolb (GER) spoke to the press for the first time after the training accident. Degenkolb was one of the six riders of the team involved in the training accident on January 23rd in Spain and he gave an update on his recovery process.

Degenkolb said: “The accident was a big shock and I will still need time to recover. At the moment, I am feeling okay and the rehabilitation is going really well. I am very motivated in racing again and I will start my training this week.

Degenkolb was injured by a kamikaze driver back in January.
Degenkolb was injured by a kamikaze driver back in January.

“I would like to thank my family and my team for their great support in these difficult times. As you all know, I am a very active person and I was happy that I could count on them in this situation.”


About returning to racing Degenkolb continued: “We can’t promise anything at the moment, but if the training goes well, I will probably be able to race again in the next 8 to 10 weeks.

“I am eager to be back on my bike as quick as possible. From now, the Tour de France is still three and a half months away and it will be my main target to win a stage there. I believe that I can reach the same level again I had before the accident.”

Words & Photos: Press Release Giant Alpecin

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