The German sprinter closed the Vuelta a Espana with a stage win and is now preparing to take on the peloton in Richmond.
Fabio Aru takes his first grand-tour victory as John Degenkolb salves Giant's wounds over losing the Vuelta on the penultimate stage
In another blow for Marcel Kittel, the German national team is overlooking him in favor of Andre Greipel and John Degenkolb for Richmond.
André Greipel leads a one-two German finish in stage 15 as Peter Sagan, who featured in an early break, finds himself denied yet again
Germans have found success at the Tour thus far, with Tony Martin and Andre Greipel winning a combined three stages
All-rounder John Degenkolb is confident he can fill the shoes of Giant-Alpecin sprinter Marcel Kittel at this year's Tour de France
Though Kittel is a proven stage winner, Giant-Alpecin feels it has more options than ever to collect victories at the Tour
The Giant-Alpecin star has eight Tour de France stage wins but will miss this year's race after an illness
The Norwegian has 18 wins so far this season, but several riders will challenge him in the mass gallops to the finish line
"We should not expect to see cycling liberated forever from these cheats," says classics champion John Degenkolb