After making it through stage five of Paris-Nice, John Degenkolb’s Trek-Segafredo team announced that the German rider will not start stage six due to bronchitis.
Degenkolb, a former stage winner in Paris-Nice in 2014, was very disappointed: “You know, I really don’t like to abandon a race. It’s not my style, it’s not who I am. To be honest, it was a very difficult decision, but with my big goals coming up, I cannot take health risks now. I hope to recover as quickly as possible. So, no worries, I will be able to “chase aces” in the upcoming Monuments.”
The Trek-Segafredo Team Doctor added that the bad weather conditions and hard stages coming up in Paris-Nice would make it too difficult to recover while racing. “John cannot lose any time in his recovery process, since the Classics are just around the corner.”
The team also confirmed that it was unlikely that Degenkolb’s race schedule would change.