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It will be an exciting World Championship
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
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
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
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
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
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. [more]
Setting up the sprint today
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
{youtube}829bHT4ttfg?rel=0{/youtube}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. [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]
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]
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]
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]
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. [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]
Fundraising campaign
Everything has to go! Cabinets, boxes, suitcases. I have looked through all of them for cycling clothing which I no longer need. All in all, it is 100 pieces – jerseys, jackets and time trial suits. [more]
"Nieuwe Helden" in Erfurt theater
Yesterday, together with "my" fans in Thüringen and the fans of John Degenkolb and Tony Martin, I watched the file "Nieuwe Helden" in a theater. [more]
Anti-doping law
At the invitation of German Justice Minister Heiko Maas, I was in Berlin this week and was one of the first to sign a draft of the anti-doping law. [more]
Goldene Henne - Arriver of the Year 2014
There it is, the "Henne" (hen). Thank you very much for your support and the many votes. [more]
Fourth win in England
The Island is just a good place for me. Yesterday’s stage win at the Tour of Britain in London was already the fourth for me there this year. [more]
Not yet in race mode
As I already said, I am not yet totally in race mode. My body just needs a bit more. That is why I was unable to defend the yellow jersey (photo) yesterday. [more]
Finally another win
Wow! Finally another win. The last one was a month and a half ago, when I won on the Champs Élysées. I was starting to get withdrawal ;-) [more]
Tour of Britain
I had a fairly stressful day caused by a railroad strike, which meant I had to abruptly change my plans and take my car to the airport. [more]
Cyclassics: Disappointed with 6th place
Nice day, nice race - but with the result I am not satisfied. To be honest, I am still really disappointed. [more]
A determination of my shape
I am really looking forward to the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg tomorrow. It will not be a emotional highlight only, but also a determination of my shape. [more]
A good start again after the Tour
The Arctic Race of Norway was a good start again for me after the Tour. A sprint win didn’t happen, but it was also not an easy race. [more]
Kristoff’s Revenge for Paris
After I won the last meeting with Kristoff on the Champs-Élysées (photo), today’s battle went definitely to him. [more]
End of the race break - Arctic Race of Norway
Pretty unusual, how I was introduced here at the Arctic Race of Norway: as a teutonic titan. [more]
What a super Tour!
Four stage wins, the yellow jersey, the green jersey and winning both the first and last stages – what a super Tour! [more]
Warming up for Paris
The thunder and lightning during the stage were really spooky. It was a very dangerous stage because of the incredible amount of rain and the winding roads. [more]
Bad timing
Well, the timing with my sprint preparer Tom Veelers didn’t work out all today – he came to the finish before me! He was next-to-last and I was the last one on the stage. ;-) [more]
Going into the last week
Six days to go and still two chances for winning a sprint. But it will really be a hard last Tour week. The Pyrenees are waiting for us, and it all starts today. [more]
The plan is
If everything goes according to plan, then there should be another sprint again today. The stage is relatively flat, but the wind may be a problem. [more]
I have to save my strength
I am tired and when I think of the mountains tomorrow, I am even more tired. So there will only be a short update today, I have to save my strength ;-) [more]
Up and down
Today was all up and down. It was like a roller coaster but we still managed to put in a pace of 50 in the first hour of racing. This day really hurt! I am all in now. [more]
I like your hair!
"I like your hair!" I heard that a lot today in the finale. Despite the rain, there were a lot of people there, presenting us with a really great spectacle. [more]
A "wurst" from my hometown as compensation
The lost chance for a further stage win at the Tour is bitter, but I was simply not fresh enough in the finale. We controlled the race the entire time, but made a few mistakes when Omega took over in the finale. [more]
Not your usual race
We had big plans today, but things worked out other than planned. The crashes started even before the cobblestone passages. Dege and I were involved. [more]
Third win
I think I must be crazy. Third stage win at the Tour de France. That is absolutely crazy. But I must say, that today was the most difficult of the three sprints. [more]
A perfect sprint
If I had messed up this sprint today, my teammates would probably have skinned me alive. That was a perfect sprint. Super wide road, slightly descending run-into the finish, mega-fast, a perfect lead-out. [more]
A nice day in yellow
Unfortunately I must separate from my new bike, it was only a short affair. A wonderful day in yellow is coming to an end. Actually, it is just like last year. [more]
The most emotional win of my career
That was the most emotional win of my career. I cannot describe, how the team sacrificed itself for me and threw itself into the race. Sure, I knew this feeling. [more]
What a presentation
What a presentation. It is fantastic, the way we have we have been welcomed here on the island. The mood was sensational, with thousands of enthusiastic people. [more]
Cramps a good omen for the Tour?
As in the past championships, it once again did not work out with a good placing. Like last year, cramps stopped me. I don’t know why it happened. [more]
Messed up the finale, but defended the jersey
I won this stage last year, but today it didn’t go optimally. We had communication problems and never really got together. [more]
Win at the ZLM Tour
I am happy, proud and, frankly, relieved to have won today. I am happy that I could directly return so successfully to racing after the altitude training. [more]
Taken out by a cold
Unfortunately I had to watch today's stage from my hotel bed. I caught a cold on the rainy stages in Ireland, have a fever and am very sorry that I already have to pack my suitcase without having ridden in Italy. [more]
I am very proud of this victory
What a day. It is my birthday and there was this crazy sprint final. I am so glad that I did not give up today and took the stage win out of this worthless position. [more]
First stage win at the Giro!
Awesome. It worked. A stage win at the Giro. I'm so delighted that the pressure is all gone at the beginning of the Giro already. [more]
I want a stage win at the Giro
As from today I have the chance, to become one of those great riders, who have won a stage at all three Grand Tours. [more]
A great time trial
When you have good legs, you can have a lot of fun. And so the prologue today was really a lot of fun. These short time trials suit me. [more]
Third win in Scheldeprijs
I am so happy with this victory. After de Panne I was pretty upset, because I had good legs but was missing that necessary bit of luck. [more]
Sixth place in time trial as a good finish
The hoped-for sprint win unfortunately didn't work out. This morning a mistake took away all my chances. But my sixth place in the time trial showed that I am doing well now. [more]
Felt good but too far back when Sagan attacked
I felt really good today, but when Sagan attacked on the Eikemolen about 10 km before the finish, I was too far back and not close enough to possibly go with the attack. [more]
That's the sprinter's life
The time trial went just fine. But of course it didn't really matter for me. It was more like, put in a few kilometers and enjoy the sun. [more]
The steepest mountain of my life
I have never before ridden up as steep a mountain as the one today. Not in training, not in competition – never. Actually I wanted to throw away my full bidon but I didn't trust myself to let go of the handlebars. [more]
Red roses for my bike
Today I played the cavalier to my bike. After the little difference of opinion yesterday between my and my beloved bike, I tried today to bring our relationship back in order. [more]
Broken handlebars
Unfortunately I couldn't take part in the sprint today. About two and a half kilometers before the finish my handlebars broke and I crashed. Fortunately I wasn't injured. [more]
I am looking forward to the stage tomorrow
We had intended to do more, but our low placement today didn't really upset the mood in the team, so we still have good morale to take on tomorrow's stage. [more]
After the rain-and-snow battle last year, it looks like this will be a friendlier edition of Tirreno-Adriatico. The weather here is good, although it was actually a little warmer at home in Erfurt when I left there. [more]

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