In an announcement made by the team, Trek Segafredo has said that it has made a new addition to the team.
Segafredo has added the former giant-alpecin riders Koen De Kort and John Degenkolb. Degenkolb’s contract is expected to last until 2019 while De Kort has signed in with the team for a two-year deal that will last until 2018.
Degenkolb, who had won the san Milan Remo competition and the Paris Roubaix in 2015, had had a poor performance in the 2016 season. This was largely due to the accident that occurred when he and six of his teammates were hit by a vehicle going the wrong way during a ride in Spain at their pre-season training; this had knocked his outing at the 2016 season off track.
However, after recovery, Degenkolb had returned to the track in time to participate in the Tour de France and the Tour of California, but he was unable to obtain any wins in the season. He is racing currently at the arctic tour competition in Norway where he has finished second in stages 1 and 2.
Regarding the transfer, Degenkolb said:
“I’m incredibly excited about this transfer, it’s a big step for me to get such a great opportunity in a team like Trek Segafredo, with such a strong classics inspiration.
“It’s a dream come true. My previous team giant-alpecin was very committed to my ambitions in the classics as well, but coming to Trek-Segafredo feels like the next big step for me.”
He proceeded to say that Segafredo was one of the big names in races like Paris Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders and that it was a big motivation for him to join the team. The 27-year old also added that he was really excited to race with trek riders like Jasper Stuyven – a 24-year old Belgian who had won the kuurne-brusselles-kuurne this year.