John “Dege” Degenkolb is one of Trek-Segafredo's leaders for the classics. Known as a power sprinter, John is best in finishes after a long, hard race or with a technical final. John’s most significant accolades came in 2015 when he captured two of cycling's biggest one-day races, Milan-Sanremo and Paris-Roubaix.  Early in 2016, a tragic training accident cut his season short, causing him to miss the classics. The following year sickness plagued him on and off, and he struggled to find consistent form. Dege finally rid the monkey from his back with an incredible and emotional win in the Roubaix stage nine at the 2018 Tour de France - arguably one of the most heartfelt wins in cycling's history. 

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What is your favorite climb?

This one is easy: the Paterberg.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would that be?

I would like to be more patient.

Favorite training buddy?

I have had a lot during my career, but I would have to say Michael Gogl.