Smelling a chance: Degenkolb and Trek-Segafredo look to continue turnaround at Tour of Flanders

It was, John Degenkolb said with a glint in his eye, a non-alcoholic beer. "I mean, we're athletes – we can't drink any alcohol," he protested, playfully. After Trek-Segafredo's calamitous showing at the E3 BinckBank Classic last Friday, Mads Pedersen suggested the team and staff assemble after dinner in a room in the Weinebrugge Hotel outside Bruges and try, for a moment at least, to forget about their low-key spring to this point.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.