Degenkolb searching for past form at Tour of California

John Degenkolb may be the happiest rider at the Tour of California. That may seem like an odd statement to make about a professional cyclist who was involved in a life-threatening collision with an errant driver while on a Giant-Alpecin team training ride in January. But on the eve of the Tour of California, Degenkolb’s first stage race of the season following his recovery, the 2015 Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo winner said he was just happy to be alive and racing his bike.

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.