sprinter John Degenkolb
scored his first two wins
of the 2012 season at the Four Days of Dunkirk
stage race in France. The 23-year-old German won Stages 1 and 2 of the May 4-8 race on his Felt F1
team bike, continuing his rise through the ranks as one of the sport's top young sprinters.
Degenkolb’s first win of the week came in the 170km Stage 2 from Dunkirk to Nord-pas-del-Calais. He joined an elite selection of 10 riders in the hilly closing kilometers, then blasted ahead at the finish line for the win. The German then repeated in the following day’s 180km race, extending his lead in the General Classification.
Degenkolb’s Argos-Shimano teammates showed their strength in helping their young sprinter deliver at the line. In Stage 2, they chased down a four-man breakaway, then set up Degenkolb for the win.
It was a terrific week for Degenkolb, who has showed great form this season with strong results including a fifth-place finish at Milan-San Remo.