Argos-Shimano rider John Degenkolb dominated the three-day Tour de Picardie stage race in France over the weekend, winning two stages and taking the overall victory on his Felt F1 team bike. The 23-year-old German sprinter is on a hot streak, having also won two stages at the Four Days of Dunkirk the week before.
Degenkolb opened up the May 11-13 Tour of Picardie with a win in the 166.5km stage from Clermont to Braine. He credited his Argos-Shimano teammates for controlling the race, chasing down a breakaway group, and setting him up for the sprint finale.
Degenkolb did well to finish at the front on the hilly Stage 2, and then sealed the deal with another sprint win in Stage 3 from Maignelay to Montigny.
“Unbelievable,” Degenkolb told Cyclingnews.com after the win. “What a great group of riders we have: Ronan van Zandbeek, Roy Curvers, Albert Timmer, Tom Veelers, Bert de Backer, Ji Cheng and Dominic Klemme. We were so good, I’m very proud.”