Belgium — The Argos-Shimano team delivered on its goal of putting its Tour of Flanders team leader John Degenkolb in position to duke it out with the world’s toughest classics riders during Sunday’s Tour of Flanders race in Belgium. The German, a former podium finisher in the Under-23 version of the race, had a strong ride on his Felt F1 FRD and finished in the top-10.
“I am really happy about the performance today,” Degenkolb said after the race, which was won by Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara. “I felt good from the beginning on. The team was strong as well and I was able to hang on the entire race. I hoped for a bit more in the sprint for fourth place but I wasn’t placed well. But I am still very happy with a ninth place overall.”
Now Degenkolb and the rest of his Argos-Shimano teammates turn their attention to the next big goal of the spring classics season. It’s another grueling test on the cobblestones, the “Hell of the North” Paris-Roubaix.
“This race boosted my morale, so I will try to be up there again,” Degenkolb said.