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by Shane Stokes
October 10, 2017
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Hospitalized 16 days ago with respiratory problems, things have turned around relatively quickly for John Degenkolb, who will be able to resume training later this month.
“John’s condition was not improving enough after his DNF in de Tour of Denmark, so we decided he had to go to the hospital for additional tests for his respiratory issues,” said the Trek-Segafredo team doctor Nino Daniele. “Fortunately, John quickly started to feel better and could leave the hospital after a few days. He will start training again in two weeks, but of course we will follow-up on him during the coming months.”
The ten-time Vuelta stage winner headed to this year’s event hoping for more success, but was forced to withdraw on stage five due to suspected bronchitis. He returned to racing in the Brussels Cycling Classic and the following day finished a solid tenth in the GP de Fourmies. Tenth on stage one of the PostNord Danmark Rundt was also promising, but he withdraw from that event after stage five.
His team said last month that he had experienced ‘breathing problems and a serious lack of power.’ His aim now is to return to success in 2018.
“After I came out of the hospital, there was no time enough to get back into shape to still race this season,” he said, “so we decided that I would take my break a bit earlier this year. In two weeks, I will start training again and I am really looking forward to that. 2017 didn’t exactly go like I wanted and expected, so I am ready for 2018. Bring it on!”