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Days of uncertainty for cycling

2017-12-15
I must admit that I was shocked when I heard the news about Chris Froome's suspicious doping control. You all probably felt the same way that Tony and I did. Especially since it was not just anyone but involves the four-time Tour winner and the calling card of our sport. That is big news and brings back unwelcome memories of a time in cycling from which we are trying to distance ourselves. And it is complicated too, since it involves a product which does not lead directly to a positive doping control because athletes who suffer from asthma also have the right to take part in competitions.

In this sense I hope that Chris can plausibly and quickly clear up the situation. He has the right to do so in this specific case. But one thing is also clear: every further day of uncertainty is a bad day for cycling.

Photo: roth-foto.de
Further News

Training camp and votes for Athlete of the Year

2017-12-04
I have been back in training for about a month now and today finally put in the first kilometers with my new team. [more]

Tour 2018 presentation

2017-10-17
Of course I am happy that the Tour de France 2018 starts with a flat stage. I expect a spectacular sprint. [more]

Four people on the line

2017-10-03
What a photo finish – four people on the line. I have never been part of that before. Unfortunately I came from behind a fraction of a second too late. [more]

Münsterland Giro

2017-10-02
I will wear the Quick-Step colors tomorrow at the Münsterland Giro for the last time – and I am really looking forward to this race. [more]

Preparing for the final highlights

2017-08-23
After the Cyclassics and the Sport Bild Award in Hamburg, where I was honoured, I am again at home. Unfortunately things in Hamburg did not go as I had wanted. [more]

There is news

2017-08-16
After two years I will leave my current team Quick-Step Floors and as of 2018 I will ride for Katusha-Alpecin. [more]

BinckBank Tour

2017-08-10
The legs are good, the form is right too – but I still need a little something to come mentally back into the form I need to go all out in these top-class sprints. [more]

Leaving the Tour, but the five wins remain

2017-07-19
Now it is over. Unfortunately I won’t make it to Paris this year. The crash today was the knock-out punch. [more]

Working on Mission Green

2017-07-16
Rest day at last! After my fifth stage win at this year’s Tour, we sprinters have had to survive some hard days until tomorrow’s rest day. [more]

Four stage wins at the halfway mark and the German record

2017-07-11
It is simply unbelievable, to have already won four stages. With 1775 kilometers we are only halfway through the Tour 2017. When it goes good, it goes good. [more]

Starting with mourning armband

2017-07-08
Today a great cycling trainer, companion and friend died. That is why I started today wearing a mourning armband. [more]

Winning by six millimeters

2017-07-07
The finish line surprised me today. It came earlier than I thought it would. I had to give my all and think that I now have longer arms than before. [more]

Second stage win at the Tour 2017

2017-07-06
Yeah! Second win at the Tour. That was my kind of sprint. Thanks to the team. The guys gave everything for me and brought me to the front perfectly in a hectic finale. [more]

An emotional win

2017-07-03
I am super proud of this stage win. Being able to give the fans a German victory at the Grand Depart in Germany is an indescribable feeling. [more]

Ninth in the prologue

2017-07-01
My ears still hurt from the noise along the course. It was totally crazy, how many people were out there despite the awful weather. [more]

Go to the Tour

2017-06-27
After the German championship in chemnitz, I once again went through blown in the home before going to düsseldorf. I'm so glad it's finally going off. [more]

A chain problem in the finale

2017-06-15
About 200 meters before the finish line a speed bump stopped me in the finale – well actually, it was my chain. [more]

Altitude training in Colorado

2017-05-27
After my return to racing in the Tour of California, I am now in Colorado for an altitude training camp to get the last bit for the Tour. [more]

Winning at home

2017-04-05
Fifth win in the Scheldeprijs! By now it feels like my home race. I could win today thanks to great teamwork – and it was a very special win. It was Tom’s farewell appearance in Belgium. [more]

Victory at the Three Days of de Panne

2017-03-30
Crash, chasing back, win. What a finale in the next-to-last stage of the Three Days of de Panne! Crashing 15 km before the finish is really a bad idea. [more]

Training in the sun and "Biking for PSP"

2017-03-22
Greetings from sunny Spain. I have fled from the weather at home and am now putting in my kilometers in Spain, where I am preparing for the upcoming races. [more]

In the wind too soon

2017-03-07
Today I absolutely wanted to win, but in the end I was really surprised by the wind and was up front too early. One more man would have been better, or I could have taken the risk and jumped forward from rear wheel to rear wheel with Saba. [more]

Yesterday a crash, today a victory

2017-02-24
I am overjoyed that after yesterday’s setback, I could win the second stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour. [more]

Back in the desert

2017-02-23
This will really be a meeting of the sprinters. And from the GC riders, only Christopher Froome is missing, otherwise we would have the perfect line-up like at a Grand Tour. [more]

Overall title in Dubai

2017-02-04
Three wins, the overall title and my eighth win ever here in Dubai. This season start gives me a lot of self-confidence. The team was great. [more]

A shame for our sport

2017-02-02
Today I thought I was in the wrong sport. Not cycling but martial arts. [more]

Second win in second race

2017-02-01
Second win in second race, and my seventh overall here in Dubai. I am super happy with this win today, even if it didn’t come about as perfectly as yesterday. [more]

First race, first win

2017-01-31
Yeah! First race, first win. This morning after I got up and had put in a few meters on the bike, I knew that my legs were good. In the race itself there was no situation which we didn’t have under control. [more]

Starting training in Calpe

2017-01-10
I hope you have all started the New Year well and are back into things. I am. I have been with the team for several days in Calpe, where we ride our first "races" ;-) [more]

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. [more]

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]
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