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Degenkolb 5th at Milan-San Remo

Monday, March 19, 2012
San Remo, Italy — The Project 1t4i squad racked up another major early-season result Saturday when sprinter John Degenkolb finished an impressive fifth at Milan-San Remo, the season’s longest one-day classic.

Degenkolb, who showed great form at the Paris-Nice stage race earlier this month, made the final selection of elite contenders over the famous Cipressa and Poggio climbs in the final kilometers, then sprinted to fifth on his Felt F1 team bike.
 
The German’s positioning was aided by a strong effort from his teammates, including Cheng Ji, who held the distintion of being the first Chinese rider to finish Milan-San Remo. Ji didn’t just finish, he played a big role in the team’s success, joining an early break that formed just 21km into the long 298km race.

The break was finally caught with about 60km to go. Degenkolb put himself in position over the final climbs, avoiding several crashes that took out some key contenders, then powered to the fifth-place finish.