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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. 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.

Photos: roth-foto.de
Further News

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]

Hope for a positive season end

2015-09-20
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

2015-08-19
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

2015-08-07
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

2015-08-05
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

2015-08-04
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

2015-08-02
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

2015-08-02
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.

2015-07-21
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

2015-07-10
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

2015-06-25
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

2015-06-21
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

2015-06-14
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

2015-05-24
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

2015-05-23
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

2015-05-08
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]

Finally

2015-04-30
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.

2015-03-09
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

2015-02-21

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

2015-02-10
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

2015-01-07
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

2014-12-22
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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