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by Mark Zalewski
July 9, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Cummings takes emphatic stage win, Van Avermaet extends Tour de France lead; Giro Rosa Round-up: another strike for the Americans, with Stevens winning the ITT and Guarnier keeping pink; Peloton thwarts breakaway again for sprint in Austria; Mihaylov takes solo win, lead at Sibiu Cycling Tour; Yates injured as 1km-to-go gantry falls at the Tour de France; Kruijswijk extends with LottoNL-Jumbo for two years; Once among cycling’s best, Floyd Landis attempting to remake image; Degenkolb leaving Giant-Alpecin in 2017; Kalamazoo cyclist recovering from crash; Irish politician: “Ban cycling events”; ‘WADA Talks’ with Frankie Andreu; Tour de France, stage 6 on-board highlights; ORICA BikeExchange Backstage Pass, stage 6; Rider recreates grueling first mountain stage of 1910 Tour de France; Fans find unique ways to pass the time waiting for Le Tour; The show must go on!; Rigoberto Urán as rock star
John Degenkolb, the 2015 winner of both Paris-Roubaix and Milan San Remo, will be on a new team for 2017. The German rider announced his decision to leave his current Giant-Alpecin team after talks of an extension ended last week.
“This has been a tough decision, but it has been a thorough and deliberate process to be sure we end up in the best possible situation,” Degenkolb said in a statement.
“I want to thank Giant Alpecin, especially my teammates, for supporting my development as a pro cyclist. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to have won two monuments wearing their jersey and I will leave with many great memories and great friends, as well.”
Degenkolb has had a rough 2016 since nearly severing a finger in a crash with a vehicle during an early-season training camp. And while teams leaving the top-end of the sport are creating a buyer’s market for riders, a top-talent like Degenkolb should be able to land on his feet.
“We have narrowed negotiations to two teams for next year and beyond. My next contract will be about much more than money. Besides considering the best team fit, it will also be about image rights, my protection as a sportsman, and other details which have not historically been part of rider contract negotiations.”