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Putting my bike in the corner

2016-10-21
I haven’t been in the saddle at all since the Worlds race. Now the main thing is to get away from it all. That would of course have been a lot easier with a good result in Qatar. Naturally we wanted more and it is too bad that we had to lose this chance and end up more as viewers than participants. But we all have to forget about it now and move on.

I can personally look back positively to the World Championships with the team time trial title. It was great to win with the team. An unforgettable experience. And I was personally very happy about Tony’s ITT title. It was also a great good-bye performance from him.

I will now take off completely. The season was pretty long. All in all I am satisfied with the year. I fought my way back, brought in some wins, and am confident for next year.

After a few days’ rest I will travel to Japan for the Saitama Criterium and then a short vacation. On the one hand, you want to chill out as much as you can after a long season, on the other hand, you already are looking to the new season and want to prepare as well as possible. So my break won’t be all that long. I will keep you informed.

Photos: roth-foto.de
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It will be an exciting World Championship

2016-10-15
I am looking forward to the race tomorrow. It is my second World Championship with the pros and it will surely be an exciting day. I think the race is pretty open. [more]

Statement on today's dpa article by Stefan Tabeling

2016-10-14
It is sad how some journalists can take quotes out of context and in their search for headlines don’t care how the falsely quoted person is discredited. [more]

Bam! World Champion in TTT

2016-10-10
At first I rather underestimated what it would feel like to become World Champion with the team. But simply because I didn’t know. And I can tell you: It is fantastic. [more]

Stopped by a crash

2016-10-03
In a rainy and crash-filled finale today I was unfortunately caught behind one of the crashes. The roads were extremely slippery and there were a lot of crashes on the cobblestones. [more]

Worlds Nomination

2016-09-28
As you may know, I was having some stomach problems before Eneco. Unfortunately it turned out to be worse than I thought. [more]

Victory at the Grand Prix de Fourmies

2016-09-04

After working yesterday to set up the sprint for Tom Boonen, today I was captain again and after a long and confusing sprint won the Grand Prix de Fourmies.

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Setting up the sprint today

2016-09-03
Today at the Brussels Classics I changed over to setting up the sprint, after we decided as a team to ride for Tom. Fortunately we also won – so we did everything right. [more]

A flat rear tire stopped me in Hamburg

2016-08-21
For the third time this year, I had a flat tire shortly before the finish of an important race. Today it hit me in Hamburg about 1000 meter before the finish line. Hamburg, of all places! [more]

Mixed feelings with stage win and a bruised behind

2016-07-25
I have never before had a pedal break. But I had my premiere with this, of course on the Champs Elysees, which I would gladly have done without. I was lucky not to crash. [more]

Showdown in Paris

2016-07-23
The thought of the Champs-Élysées has carried me through the Alps the last few days. Well, not really. It was pretty hard. [more]

Paris is not so far

2016-07-21
After a relaxed rest day in the wonderful city of Berne and a great hotel, I got through things well yesterday. Of course roads like that are the natural enemy of sprinters, but I got along well. [more]

Fifth on a windy day

2016-07-16
After this windy and stormy day today it was unfortunately only enough for fifth place, although I think that more than top five would have been possible. [more]

Relaxation and hectic

2016-07-14
Pure relaxation, flying blind in the mountains and hectic in the echelons. That is the quick description of the my last three days. [more]

Extremely fast sprint finish

2016-07-07
68 km/h in the last kilometer, 75 km/h in the sprint. The finale today was once again extreme. Very hectic, lots of curves, and an enormously high speed. [more]

I got through it well

2016-07-06
Today’s stage may only have had the difficulty rating of 2, but it also featured 3800 meters of climbing. [more]

Finally another win at the Tour

2016-07-05
Bam! That is the win. I am proud to come back like this at the Tour after my messed-up season last year. [more]

In the green jersey for the second stage

2016-07-03
Today I went into the second Tour stage wearing the green jersey. I wore it as representative for Cav, who after his win yesterday of course was in yellow. [more]

I had to ride the sprint the way I did

2016-07-02
Of course I am disappointed that I didn’t win today. But I had to ride the sprint the way I did. I was already in the wind at the 300 meter marker, otherwise the others would have boxed me in. [more]

The Tour is finally starting

2016-07-01
After a year’s abstinence, I will tomorrow again be at the start of the greatest race in the world. The Tour is finally starting! [more]

Only third in the Germans

2016-06-26
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough for a win today in the German championships. I wanted more and had more in my legs. My form is really good. [more]

Leaving the Giro

2016-05-14
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. [more]

One day in pink

2016-05-10
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

2016-05-08
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

2016-05-07
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

2016-05-06
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

2016-04-28
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

2016-04-25
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

2016-04-07
For the fourth time I have won the Scheldeprijs. No other rider has ever done that before. [more]

Looking forward to the German Championships

2016-04-04
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

2016-03-30
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

2016-03-11
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

2016-02-22
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

2016-02-20
Second win here in Algarve. I am of course super satisfied. The stage course was good for me. [more]

Win and yellow in Algarve

2016-02-17
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

2016-02-08
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

2016-02-04
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

2016-02-03
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

2015-10-05
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

2015-10-02
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

2015-09-25
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]
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