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Leaving the Giro

With an eye to the long season still to come, together with the team I have decided to leave the Giro. After the difficult past year, I started this season early to work on my comeback. Now it is time to take a break, because it is still a long way to the World Championships in October in Qatar. And there is a rare chance for the sprinters to take the rainbow jersey.

Here at the Giro I had a great and successful time with the guys. I could win two stages and wear the leader’s jersey. We even celebrated my birthday on the fifth stage, even if the 233 kilometer long party was pretty exhausting ;-) Yesterday I was unfortunately stopped by a puncture five km before the finish. Otherwise I might have been able to bring in another win. I had purposely forced myself over the final climb, but with a puncture so close to the finish it is almost impossible to get back up front. The field was racing at 60 km/h with backwind towards the finish. You would have to ride 80 km/h to catch them and that is not possible.

It is hard for me to leave the team today of all days, because Gianluca Brambilla not only had a fantastic in but also brought back the pink jersey. The mood is great and I wish everyone a great Giro. But that will surely be the case anyway. The fans along the way are really great and the organizers have done a good job.

But the decision has been made. I will soon do an altitude training camp and prepare for the rest of the season. I will get back to you again and report on how I am doing.

Further News

One day in pink

Pleasure and struggle. That is how I could describe my day in pink. It was a hard race with a high tempo and very active from the start on. In the end, the profile proved to be harder than I thought. [more]

Second win and the pink jersey

Done. Second stage win and the pink jersey at the Giro. I am happy and proud of us. The team gave everything today, to make this win possible. Thanks to the guys who tore themselves apart for me. [more]

Winning the Giro second stage

Bam! What a win. What a team. Many thanks to the guys. We showed a lot of morale in the finale and didn’t let ourselves get confused when it suddenly got very tight. [more]

Fifth in Giro prologue

Good legs, great mood and my girlfriend and her family along the course. Today it could really only go well for me. Frankly, I had not expected a fifth place in the prologue. [more]

Winning the first stage in Romandie

Fortunately the organizers shortened the first stage of the Tour de Romandie yesterday. Right after I signed in for the stage a load of snow fell from the roof. There weather here is really extreme. [more]

Giro preparation at Romandie

After a few days of rest and training in Spain I am now in Switzerland. Tomorrow is the start of the Tour de Romandie, which I will use as preparation for the Giro. [more]

Winning the Scheldeprijs for the fourth time

For the fourth time I have won the Scheldeprijs. No other rider has ever done that before. [more]

Looking forward to the German Championships

I will be present today when the course for the German Championships in Erfurt is presented and I am really happy that they are taking place in my hometown. [more]

50 meters too early in the wind

After a nearly perfect lead out from my team today, only some 50 meters were missing for the win. Unfortunately I had to go very early into the wind, which came slanting from the front. [more]

Finally warmer again

Brrrr! Was that cold. Today was the first day on which I didn’t feel like a piece of frozen meat. The weather conditions were really crazy and I had problems with that. [more]

Sprint jersey and two stage wins

I am satisfied with the Volta ao Algarve, as you can imagine. Plus I also had the yellow jersey on my shoulders. [more]

A finale like in an action film

Second win here in Algarve. I am of course super satisfied. The stage course was good for me. [more]

Win and yellow in Algarve

I am really proud of this win, because it was not the classic Marcel Kittel-finale, but instead it had a short climb just before the finish, which really hurt. [more]

A dream season start

So, after my return to Germany, here are a few more thoughts about Dubai. It was the kind of season start that you would dream of. And with a new team, to boot. [more]

Small mistakes in the finale

Even though the second win didn’t work out today, we put in a great team performance. The guys did some super work. Many thanks to all of them. [more]

I missed that

First race, first victory. I am totally happy. The Etixx-QuickStep Cycling Team was super. The train worked out. Great that it worked out with the guys directly the first time. [more]

A new chapter

After leaving Giant-Alpecin, I don’t want to keep you in suspense any longer: I have found a new team, which has put its trust in me and wants to support me in my goals. [more]

The way is clear

After a season of illness, especially the virus direct at the start and the missed races such as the Tour de France, I have a year behind me which from a sporting aspect I can only consider a major setback. [more]

A good sleep is important

Today I want to give another look behind the scenes in the life of a professional athlete. Just as important as hard training is the right recovery and especially sleeping well. [more]

Hope for a positive season end

There is a small change of plans for my next races. Unfortunately two days ago I could not participate in the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen nor today at the GP Impanis-van Petegem. [more]

Finally Hamburg again

Finally another big race with German fans. I want to build on my performance at the Cyclassics from last year and of course do it better. A sixth place leaves room for improvement. [more]

4000 meters of climbing

Today was another of those days on which the sprinters had to suffer as much as the GC riders. 4000 meters of climbing is really hard for riders like me. [more]

Lost yellow, but kept the sprint jersey

I lost the yellow today, but I still have the sprint jersey. And I will do everything to wear in until Krakow. [more]

Timing wasn’t right

Even my very own 55 chainring wasn’t enough to help me sprint to the win in this 80 km/h uphill sprint. I would have had to be going 100 km/h in order to make up the missing meters. [more]

Tour of Poland: First win in months

This win felt so good. After the difficult last few months, I am happy and proud that I could do it again today. I never gave up, always believed on myself and today I could rejoice again. [more]

Tour of Poland: Finally racing again

I have reached my first goal. After the Tour de France was dead for me, I turned my total concentration on getting fit as quickly as possible so that I could be at the start of another race. [more]

3, 2, 1 – That was that! It’s all over now.

Today we will announce the lucky ones who can soon call one of the 102 jerseys signed by John Degenkolb and me their own. [more]

102 Jerseys from the 102nd Tour for charity

So that many German cyclists can take part in the Tour de France in the future, we want to support the younger cycling generation with a charity auction. [more]

The dream is over

There won’t be any pictures like this of me this year. My team has not nominated me for the Tour de France. [more]

On a good way towards the Tour de France

In light of all the problems in the first half of the season, I am almost a little proud of the way I finished the ZLM Tour. [more]

Feeling the effects of the mountain training

Unfortunately I didn’t get the hoped-for top result in Rund um Köln today. But still, I won the sprint of the peloton for sixth place. [more]

A good personal result

My return almost ended today with a crash. Three kilometers before the finish there was a huge crash. Fortunately I fell over the guy in front of me very lightly, after fully braking and blowing out my tire. [more]

The tendency is good

I kind of ran out of breath in the last kilometer, but I am totally satisfied with my first race after a long pause. [more]

More training before returning to racing

I won’t start in the Tour of California as planned. After I noticed at the Tour de Yorkshire that after my long racing pause I still wasn’t far enough along to be competitive, [more]


I can finally be underway again with my team and the guys. After sitting out so long because of the virus, I am really happy to ride my first race since Qatar here in Yorkshire. [more]

Unfortunately I had to cancel Tirreno-Adriatico.

Right now I am not in shape to ride a race. I am still suffering the aftereffects of a virus that I picked up after the Tour Down Under. [more]

From the desert to the cold


After the Tour of Qatar I spent some quiet days at home in Erfurt and put in some long training sessions. It is the first time in a long time that I have worked on my basic conditioning. [more]

Sand in the gears

After I have been fighting a cold since the end of the Tour Down Under, nothing has really been going right here at the Tour of Qatar. You might say I have sand in the gears and must just look from day to day. [more]

Team presentation in Berlin

It’s hard to do, but I am trying to keep myself awake. In a few hours we will fly to Australia, and I want to sleep on the plane, so that I can get used to the time difference. [more]

Athlete of the year in Thüringen and eighth in Germany

Athlete of the year 2014 in Thüringen! Thank you to everyone who voted me to this honour again, like last year. [more]
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