Lotto Soudal has strengthened himself for the next two years with John Degenkolb. The German was brought to the classics and to assist top sprinter Caleb Ewan.
Degenkolb comes from Trek-Segafredo, where he was a teammate of Bauke Mollema and Koen de Kort, among others. He previously rode with Giant-Alpecin, the predecessor of the current Team Sunweb.
"During conversations with Lotto Soudal it became clear that there are many similarities between the goals of the team and my personal goals," says the 30-year-old rider on the site of his new team. "It makes sense that a Belgian team with a long history wants to excel in the classics."
"That will also be my goal in the first part of the season. I am not slow in the sprint, certainly not after a tough race," said Degenkolb, who among others Paris-Roubaix (2015), Milan-San Remo (2015 ), Ghent-Wevelgem (2014) and Paris-Tours (2013).
Degenkolb also booked stage victories in all major rounds. During his time at Giant, he assisted Marcel Kittel, who was then the top sprinter for many years.
Lotto Soudal also recorded Gilbert
With that experience, Degenkolb can help Ewan with Lotto Soudal sprinter. The 25-year-old Australian won three stages in the Tour de France this year.
"I look forward to working with Caleb Ewan," says Degenkolb. "He will be our undisputed number one in the sprints. With my experience I can be of value to him."
Degenkolb is the second major acquisition for Lotto Soudal, which already captured Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider Philippe Gilbert on Monday. Tiesj Benoot, Victor Campenaerts and Lawrence Naesen leave the team of the recently deceased Bjorg Lambrecht.
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