Nationality: German
Date of birth: January 7, 1989
Height: 180cm
Weight: 79kg
Team: Giant-Alpecin

Versatile sprinter John Degenkolb quickly established himself in the professional peloton, winning five stages of the 2012 Vuelta a Espana for the Project 1t4i team having only turned professional the previous year. The following season, Degenkolb won Paris-Tours, Paris-Bourges and the Vattenfall Cyclassics. But it was his ninth place in the 2013 Tour of Flanders that perhaps signalled what was to come.

Degenkolb distinguished himself from pure sprinter and German team-mate Marcel Kittel by excelling in the classics and tougher, hillier races. Victory in the 2014 Ghent-Wevelgem, in addition to stage wins and points classification victories that year in Tour Méditerranéen, Paris-Nice and the Vuelta a Espana, as well as second place in Paris-Roubaix, underlined his credentials.

It was to be 2015 that Degenkolb really came good, claiming both Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix, two of cycling’s biggest one-day races.

Major results: Paris-Roubaix 2015 | Milan-San Remo 2015 | Ghent-Wevelgem 2014 | Four stages of 2014 Vuelta a Espana | Five stages of the 2012 Vuelta a Espana

John Degenkolb in the 2015 Paris-Roubaix

John Degenkolb’s perfect Paris-Roubaix ride

John Degenkolb’s Paris-Roubaix win came thanks to a combination of luck, tactics and speed – a perfect mixture on Sunday in northern France. The 26-year-old of Germany’s team Giant-Alpecin rode…

Paris - Roubaix

John Degenkolb wins the 2015 Paris-Roubaix

John Degenkolb took his second monument win of 2015 after sprinting to victory from a group of seven riders at the 2015 Paris-Roubaix. The German had made a huge effort…

Milan-San Remo

A weekend to forget for John Degenkolb

John Degenkolb admits it was a weekend to forget as the defence of his Ghent-Wevelgem title was blighted by the weather conditions. The German Giant-Alpecin rider was involved in the…

Milan-San Remo

John Degenkolb wins the 2015 Milan-San Remo

John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) sprinted to victory at the 2015 Milan-San Remo from a reduced peloton as a number of pre-race favourites were distanced on the Poggio, with several riders being…