No return date set for Degenkolb

"Impossible" to predict when German will race again

John Degenkolb is definitely out of this year’s Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix, as he has not yet returned to training, following his serious injuries suffered in Spain last month. It is "impossible" to say when the Giant-Alpecin rider will return to racing, the team said.

Degenkolb was one of six Giant-Alpecin riders injured when a car ran into the group whilst training. The tip of a finger was nearly severed and the German also suffered a broken arm and numerous scrapes, cuts and bruises.

"At this time it is difficult to make a prognosis as to how it will be with him athletically," team spokesman Peter Reef told the DPA press agency.

"John is at home in Frankfurt and is waiting until he can put in some steady time on the roller, and then train on the road again. It might be a while."

Fellow German and neo-pro Max Walscheid is also not yet back on the bike. He suffered fractures on the hand and shin. "He is doing well under the circumstances. He is also waiting for his return to training," said his advisor Marc Bator.

The most seriously injured rider, Chad Haga, is training again on a limited basis and hopes to ride a Grand Tour this season.

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