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John Degenkolb takes Challenge Mallorca opening day victory

Trofeo Campos-Porreres-Felanitx-Ses Salines 2018 - Challange Maiorca - 1st stage - Trofeo Campos-Porreres-Felanitx-Ses Salines - 25/01/2018 - John Degenkolb (GER - Trek - Segafredo) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2018


German rider wins Trofeo Campos-Porreres-Felanitx-Ses Salines opening day beating Israel Cycling Academy’s rider Sondre Holst Enger and Lotto Soudal’s man Jasper De Buyst in a tight finish.


Trek-Segafredo’s John Degenkolb admitted to feeling great about his first victory of the season and that he wouldn’t be able to achieve that without the help of his team.


“It’s a great feeling to get the first victory already, to achieve this together with the team,” Degenkolb said. “We had a really nice week of training already this week in Mallorca, in the training camp, and to start the season like this with a win is always great.


“I felt really good; the team did a perfect job to make a good sprint for me. I have good memories of this race because for me this was my first professional race in 2011. Today was a great revival.”



The 178-km Trofeo Porreres-Felanitx-Ses Salines started immediately, within the first few minutes, with an escape group that included eights riders in total: Preben Van Hecke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Jon Ander Insausti (Team Euskadi), and Alvaro Robledo (Burgos-BH).


Yesterday’s victory marks Degenkolb’s first race after a difficult end of the last season in which the rider had several respiratory issues that left him out of major events such as the Vuelta a España and the Tour of Denmark.


“It’s a fantastic feeling! I have worked really hard this winter, and after all what has happened at the end of last year, this is such a big relief to get this winning feeling back and know that I am still able to win races because it’s quite a long time since I crossed the finish line in first position,” he added.


“For me, it’s just very amazing to feel that, and to also to feel the whole support from the riders: The whole team for the whole winter was behind me and pushed me to come to this level again.”





John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek – Segafredo 4:02:18

Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy

Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal

Kenny Dehaes (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic

Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) National team

Xavier Cañellas (Spa) National team

Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team

Erik Baska (Svk) Bora – Hansgrohe

Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky

Aaron Grosser (Ger) Team Sauerland Nrw P B Sk

Daniel Lopez Parada (Spa) Burgos – BH

Jordi Warlop (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise

Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country – Murias

Bram Welten (Ned) Team Fortuneo – Samsic

Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise

Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek – Segafredo

Kevyn Ista (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic

Jesus Ezquerra (Spa) Burgos – BH

Nelson A Soto Martinez (Col) Caja Rural – Seguros RGA

Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij


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