Trek-Segafredo Recon parts of Paris-Roubaix
When World Tour teams are quietly resuming training, there is one that is already training hard. Dismissing sunnier climates over Thanksgiving, Team Trek-Segafredo was infatuated with the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix
Only some of the American squad where present for the recon of the Hell of the North next April, and of course stage 9 of next year's Tour de France.
The German sprinter and puncheur John Degenkolb was present for the several hours on the cobbled sectors of the mythical Classic, reminding himself of the primeval torment and scent of the race.
Winner of the 2015 edition and 2nd in 2014, 2017 did not go so well, coming tenth, after missing the crucial final move when the remaining peloton split in the final kilometres.
Degenkolb suffered life changing injuries when a car hit the Giant-Alpecin team when they were out training in Calpe, Spain, last January. He suffered serious trauma and has never really gained the full use of his right index finger.
Hell is always paved with good intentions, which could bode well for Degenkolb come April 8th or again on July 15th next year.
It’s never too early to do some extra miles on the queen of all classics @Paris_Roubaix cobbles. enjoyed a windy rainy day and can‘t wait to see my shower again in the velodrome #dege #dgnklb pic.twitter.com/gDrbKgmwjO— John Degenkolb (@johndegenkolb) November 23, 2017
Also present was Spring Classics specialist Jasper Stuyven, whom we'll all be watching next Spring.
In 2017, he made it across the crucial break with Gianni Moscon, catching the three leaders in the Velodrome and sprinted to fourth place.
Greg van Avermaet took victory ahead of Zdenek Stybar and Sebastian Langeveld.
Stuyven is aiming for a monument and a stage of a Grand Tour, so the cobbles of Roubaix could deliver both next season.