John Degenkolb: I’m not afraid to race these young guys

John Degenkolb
John Degenkolb of Lotto Soudal begins 11th season as a pro (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

John Degenkolb will once again base his season around the Classics, Tour de France, and his beloved Paris-Roubaix as the 32-year-old embarks on yet another campaign in the WorldTour. The Lotto Soudal rider, speaking from his team’s training camp in Spain, outlined his major objectives for the year and told the media that he held no fear of Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and the rest of the up-and-coming generation that had set the benchmark throughout most of last season.

“We have to try, even if it’s never going to be easy. When you look back to the other races it’s not like they share all the wins, and they are beatable. No doubt that if we ride head-to-head then Mathieu and Wout are on a different level but it’s not a time trial and it’s a lot about experience and tactics. I’m very confident that we can get a very good result there,” Degenkolb said.

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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.