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How does John Degenkolb’s injury affect Giant-Alpecin’s season goals?

How does John Degenkolb’s injury affect Giant-Alpecin’s season goals?

With John Degenkolb likely to be out of the who Classics campaign, how will Giant-Alpecin salvage their season? Giant-Alpecin chases on stage eighteen of the 2015 Tour of Spain The doctor who operated on John Degenkolb after his head-on collision with a car has told reporters the German is likely to face three months on the sidelines with his arm and finger injuries.

The implications for Giant-Alpecin’s racing goals in 2016 are huge, with Degenkolb their outright leader for Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix – the races which defined his season last year.

Impact on the Classics squad

It’s unknown what Giant-Alpecin’s plans were in terms of selecting a squad for the cobbled Classics this spring, what with their move towards targeting stage races this season as well, but of the six riders injured in Saturday’s crash only Ramon Sinkeldam rode Roubaix last year.

Likewise, the only rider involved who rode San Remo with Degenkolb in 2015 was Chad Haga, who remains in hospital awaiting surgery on his eye socket .

Koen de Kort, who was part of both Classics wins last year, mentioned that a “decent chunk” of the Classics group had been taken out by the crash, but even if some […]

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