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A beginner’s mistake

2015-05-15

150515_bayru3etA beginner’s mistake cost me the win today. I was on Bouhanni’s rear wheel and wanted to go by him on the right. But then he simply closed the "door", which I would also have done in his situation. The way would have been open on the left, but in the decisive seconds, I simply chose wrong.

I was so upset with myself that I would have liked to have taken my frustration out by destroying something. My helmet suffered, because I threw it around the bus. And fortunately our bus is strongly built, but the refrigerator might have been dented. I may have hit it a bit too hard when I passed it. That’s how it is, when you have a lot of adrenaline in your blood.

I was upset not only because of the seventh place and the missed victory, but mainly because I couldn’t wrap up the great work by the team and so we lost the yellow jersey. I can go pretty calmly in Saturday’s time trial. But on Sunday there will be no holding me back. That could be my next chance for a stage win.

Photo: © Bayern Rundfahrt / Henning Angerer

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A compliment on my team and the fans

2015-05-14

A fantastic atmosphere along the course, a great race and my first win. After being third yesterday, I won today’s stage thanks to perfect work by my teammates. Ramon set me up perfectly for the sprint and I could pull it through. The other guys rode very strongly too. It is great to see that the team works so well together.

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Third in the Bayern Rundfahrt opener

2015-05-13

I was still missing a little freshness today. Actually I was well positioned, but the last kick just wasn’t there. And Bennett pretty much surprised us all when he came from behind with that speed. Still, I am not totally unsatisfied. It could have been worse.

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We were all shocked

2015-04-30

The cancellation of Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt took us totally by surprise. We were all shocked when we heart it. You are fully focussed and prepare for a race and then you are suddenly told that it won’t even take place. That was like being hit by a hammer. I am speechless.

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The cobblestone and the Grazia

2015-04-14

Don’t these two look good together? The cobblestone and the Grazia. Winner’s trophies from two Monuments. But let me tell you, it was really something to carry that cobblestone up the 124 stairs to my apartment. That guy is heavier than he looks.

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Seventh in Flanders

2015-04-05

I am satisfied with seventh place. And I especially have to thank my team. That was a very strong team performance. Up until just before the finish I still had two men at my side. That makes me more confident looking towards Paris-Roubaix.

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The quiet before the storm

2015-04-04

Today we had our last training before the Ronde finally comes tomorrow. The weather wasn’t so great, it was rather wet. But we rolled once again over the cobbles, and had sought out a flat section. A little shaking to warm up, so to speak. It as only an hour and a half, no more.

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A race like that should not be held

2015-03-30

Unlike the week before, I had a terrible weekend. First I crashed and bruised my knee and hip in the E§ Prijs and then this slaughter in Gent-Wevelgem. A race like that actually should not be held. Other sports cancel because of wind. It was not responsible of the organizer.

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Please stop calling!

2015-03-24

There was an odd story yesterday after my win at Milan-Sanremo. If I felt like I was in heaven, then one young lady must gone through hell, through telephone terror. Coincidentally, she got my old mobile phone number when she got a new contract. And of course yesterday all hell broke loose.

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My first win in a Monument

2015-03-23

Wow, I won Milan-Sanremo! My first Monument. 300 Kilometers. That is incredible. Really incredible. Crazy. I can still hardly believe it.

Today I did everything right, stayed cool, even though I was relatively far back in the finale, and had to get out in the wind in order to move up. I was simply not afraid of losing. I knew that I am strong.

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I feel good

2015-03-21

The team is motivated. I think we will ride a good race tomorrow. Now it is time for us to load up on carbs and fill ourselves up. For a long race like Milan-San Remo is that even more important. In the race itself, it will be: save, save, save.

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It is getting better

2015-03-10

After the screwed-up sprint yesterday, I finished third today. Surely it was not a super sprint and I was a bit too far back when it started. But still I am satisfied with the result. I am now only two seconds away from the yellow jersey. Tomorrow there is an uphill finish.

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Jumped too early

2015-03-09

The messed-up sprint was entirely my fault today. Ramon gave me a super lead out. When I saw the sign, I thought it said the last 200 meters and I went for it. But when I looked again, I saw that it was the 300 meter marker.

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Sixth place in the Paris-Nice prologue

2015-03-08

That was a real show of strength today. I am of course satisfied with sixth place in the prologue -- although I had actually planned to be faster than Tony ;-)

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Training in Spain

2015-02-27

After the Vuelta a Andalusia, I have returned to Spain. I am again in Cambrils, where we have had several team training camps before. Together with my wife Laura and my son we have a nice apartment.

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Great season start despite second place

2015-02-07

Even if it didn’t work out today to defend the jersey, it was a super start to the season at any rate. After all, I got a stage win, wore the leader’s jersey and finished second overall. That is something.

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Win and leader’s jersey in Dubai

2015-02-06

I shot myself into space with this win. If you tested my lactate now,, I would probably still have some. I was so exhausted I couldn’t even celebrate. I pretty much collapsed right after the finish line, just laid on the street and gasped for air like a fish out of water. But with this sprint I not only shot myself into a new orbit but also into the overall lead of the race.

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Weekend with the family before start of the season

2015-01-30

Warming-up after the training. No, you did not misread and I did not misspell. Today we went on the rollers after training, to become warm again. It could not have been a nicer day than the last one of our training camp in Cambrils, but the cold wind was joined by rain.

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I’m a father

2015-01-08

I have had some eventful days lately, including a great team presentation on my birthday. But there was one event, which is the greatest one in my life. Since January 2, I have been a father, Laura and I are the proud parents of Leo Robert Degenkolb. We now have our own little family.

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Ski tour in the Taunus mountains

2014-12-31

1000 meters climbing altitude, three and a half hours, two blisters. I left my bike at home again today and tried out my skis. First I skated for an hour, to warm up. Then I strapped on the tour skis and scrambling through the Taunus started.

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Athlete of the year for the second time

2014-11-24

Two years in Frankfurt, two times Athlete of the Year. I am proud to have defended my title. Thanks to everyone who voted for me. We had a great evening at the Athletes’ Gala and properly celebrated my victory. We filled the 7 liter wine jug, which was the trophy, with "Ebbelwoi", or apple wine – and then of course emptied it.

Great mood at the German movie premiere

2014-11-18

There was a sold-out house yesterday for Tony Martin, Marcel Kittel and me in Erfurt. Over 500 people joined us in the large theater in the Cinestar to watch the film "Nieuwe Helden". Seeing it now at the start of the season was another great motivation. The enthusiasm in the theater was really unbelievable.

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Holiday in Barcelona and Athlete of the Year voting

2014-10-22

It looks like I left just in time, when I think of the weather in Germany. This afternoon my wife Laura and I got off to Barcelona, where the weather is significantly better. We will relax here for a few days. Before leaving, of course I took a look at the course for the Tour de France 2015.

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Finally time off

2014-10-14

I am happy that the season is finally over. Physically I still feel good, but of course I can tell that it was a long season. But my head is totally exhausted. That just made it all the better to win Paris-Bourges.

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Second at Binche-Chimay-Binche

2014-10-07

That was quite a nasty race today. I did not feel fresh today and in addition, there was awfully much wind and rain. The extremly strong attack by Zdenek Stybar prevented me from winning today. In the finale the team worked together very well, caught back the last breakaway, and did everything for a sprint finale.

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The last three races

2014-10-06

It is time to show a sign of life. You have to understand that I needed to take a deep breath after this toing and froing before the world championships. The pressure, that rested with me and I made myself, was so high. At the Vuelta I was in good shape and it was forseeable that I would be one of the favorites for the world championships.

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I want to ride a good finale

2014-09-27

I am satisfied with the work I did today. Actually I feel good, although my body can look back at a hard week. I am happy that I have made it her this far and can be at the start tomorrow morning. My goal now is to ride a good finale, and actually just to get that far. The course is good for me.

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Going to the World Championships

2014-09-22

My blood values have by now recovered so well that I can travel tomorrow to Spain. I want to try everything so that I can be at the start in the World Championships. Now I can train again normally and hope that I will be there on Sunday. The infection values are almost normal again.

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There was no celebration

2014-09-16

I would much rather be writing right now about the fantastic celebration my teammates and I had in honour of my green jersey and four stage wins. But you know how things go, and sometimes good and bad luck are not that far apart. There was no celebration. I am writing this from the hospital.

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On the verge of winning the green jersey

2014-09-12

39 point lead with only two stages left. Valverde must finish second two times in order to catch me. Of course I hope that that doesn’t happen. I am on the verge of being able to take home the jersey a Grand Tour. Not just having worn it for one or two stages, but as the overall winner in the ranking. That would be fantastic.

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Risking it all, winning it all

2014-09-10

I am almost speechless in light of fourth win here. Crazy. Above all I am proud of my team. We risked everything, everyone went on their limit for this win, or at least to make a sprint possible. I then had the luck to crown our work. And as for the green jersey? Well, I have a 35 point lead. Maybe that will be enough...

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