Degenkolb: Winning another Paris-Roubaix would be the biggest dream

John Degenkolb Paris-Roubaix
John Degenkolb Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

If John Degenkolb (Lotto Soudal) gets a shade more emotional than usual about targeting this year's Paris-Roubaix, it's for good reason. After all, it's not every year that a participant in the famed Monument gets to ride over a sector of pavé that has been named after him, as will be the case for Degenkolb.

"It's two sectors after Arenberg, and I think it's one of the longest of Roubaix, maybe four stars at least," Degenkolb told Cyclingnews while at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. "I was very surprised when they contacted me telling me they were going to do this. It's a big honour."

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.