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The countdown has started


Now things are starting to get serious. Yesterday morning we already had a presentation for sponsors and press before the official Tour presentation and medical check today.

Slowly we are starting to get that Tour feeling and enthusiasm. There were even tons of people there at our Bike Ride with the fans. We riders are obviously not the only ones who can barely wait until things start (video).

Today I will be back on the bike again, to get away from it all for a bit and to keep the body humming and the motor running. All in all I am going to the first stage with a good feeling. I am fit and look forward to the start.

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Further News

Rock’n’Roll, a sprint finish and charity


Radsport is Rock’n’Roll. And I now seem to be one of the lead singers. My "Go Go Go" from the footage of last year’s Tour of California has actually become a song. Some musicians from Germany and the USA, under the name "All Giants", have produced the song "Go Go Go!" (feat. John Degenkolb).

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A real championship race


A lot of work for nothing. That was a real championship race today – with, as one must fairly acknowledge, a deserving winner. Personally, I felt good on this not so easy course. But it is difficult to set the decisive accent when you are one of the top favourite, always under observation.

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No chance in the sprint because of a mistake


Looking back at today I must say: At least I didn’t crash. The run-up to the finale was pretty tricky and even before that there were some awkward passages. In the finale we threw away all chances for a sprint win due to a simple mistake we made.

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A beginner’s mistake


A 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.

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A compliment on my team and the fans


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!


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


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


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. Every bit of strength you use up unnecessarily will cost you valuable meters in the finale.

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It is getting better


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


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. By the time I registered that, I was already going all out. It was like a real electrical shock.

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Sixth place in the Paris-Nice prologue


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 ;-) But seriously: my form is good and I almost did it. I only missed him by three seconds.

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Training in Spain


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. I will prepare here for Paris-Nice. Like last year, I have decided to skip the Classics opener Het Nieuwsblad.

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Great season start despite second place


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. Until the finale we had a good race, but we managed to mess up the sprint preparation in a big way. Oh well, that can happen.

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Win and leader’s jersey in Dubai


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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