France–John Degenkolb called it one of the best wins of his career.
With the help of some amazing teamwork and fueled by a big dose of late season fitness, the young German sprinted his F-Series FRD to victory in one of the most prestigious fall classics in the sport, Paris-Tours. For John, it was his sixth win of the season and fourth in the last two weeks. It took a tremendous amount of team and individual work to set things up for a sprint finish, but when it happened John proved he was clearly the fastest in the bunch.
“It was a fast and hectic race,” said John. “The situation was always changing. We had a good plan and I think we rode a smart race. There was always someone from our team in the important groups, and there was always someone to take responsibility for the chase.
The 235k race took just under 5-1/2hrs to complete.
“When everything came together and it was clear that we were heading for a bunch sprint, there was one rider from Belkin still off the front, and it was up to our team to bring him back. It was not easy, but the guys were really strong, and we did it and were ready to sprint.”
In the last two weeks John has also won Paris-Bourges and Stages 2 and 4 in Franco-Belge. Reggie Jackson would be proud.