John Degenkolb caused two bangs in the past few weeks. With his victory at the spring classic Gent-Wevelgem and the excellent second place in the hell of the north he held up the German cycling flag in a way that was only known from the golden days of Jan Ullrich and Erik Zabel. With his successes, the fast Thuringian rose to sixth place in the world rankings and hopes for an upswing in cycling in Germany in the future. "I hope that it is the start of a new passion for cycling in Germany. I want to inspire people and I hope that these big races will soon be broadcast in Germany again.", Degenkolb told the Thüringer Allgemeine.
The 25-year-old wants to clean up. Cycling has too often been in the headlines due to doping incidents. Together with his compatriots Marcel Kittel and Tony Martin, who are also very successful, he is therefore vehemently committed to the fight against doping and would like to make the sport cleaner and more transparent.