After three months away from racing, recovering from a disastrous January crash caused by a driver in Spain, John Degenkolb will return to the peloton in what he calls his “home race,” Eschborn-Frankfurt in Germany on Sunday.
“First of all, I am really happy to pin my race number on again and to be at the starting line,” the Paris-Roubaix and Milano-Sanremo winner said. “It’s my home race on Sunday which makes it even more special for me. I am really thankful to all the people who have supported me and who have made it possible for me to race again.”
Degenkolb won the 206-kilometer one-day race in 2011, but he insisted that the aim was not to collect another victory. “Let’s not forget what I have been through the last few months and keep it all in perspective. For Sunday, I hope I can finish the race in a good way,” he added.