Degenkolb: I needed two or three secretaries to manage all the congratulations

A day after his historic Tour de France stage win, John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) admitted that he was still coming to terms with it. The German took a highly memorable win in Roubaix on Sunday, a victory that left him visibly emotional at the finish. The former Paris-Roubaix champion had struggled for wins in recent years after a training crash in January 2016 when a car ploughed into him and several of his former Sunweb teammates, but the touching images of his post-race celebrations on Sunday have gone viral, with cycling fans across the globe offering their congratulations to a rider who has come through a tough period.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.