John Degenkolb, the seasoned German cyclist, has renewed his commitment to Team dsm-firmenich PostNL, extending his contract until 2025. This marks his ninth season with the team, cementing a relationship that has seen him achieve remarkable success, including victories in two monumental races, Milan-Sanremo and Paris-Roubaix, in 2015.
Degenkolb, a native of Gera, Germany, first donned the team’s colours in 2012. His tenure has been marked by a string of Grand Tour stage wins and numerous other victories. After a stint with other teams, he returned to dsm-firmenich PostNL in 2022 and has since been an integral part of the squad, contributing both on and off the bike. Despite a setback at Paris-Roubaix in 2023, where he crashed but still managed a commendable seventh place, Degenkolb’s value to the team extends beyond his racing results. His wealth of experience and knowledge has made him an invaluable road and team captain, guiding and inspiring the team’s young talents.
Degenkolb expressed his deep connection with the team, stating, “I’ve spent most of my pro career in what is now Team dsm-firmenich PostNL, and it feels like family to me. It’s thrilling to extend my contract for another year. Returning to the team in 2022 marked a new role for me, mentoring young athletes and contributing to their growth. My passion for cycling drives me, and I dream of igniting the same passion in young riders, helping the team clinch major cycling races.”
Rudi Kemna, the head coach of Team dsm-firmenich PostNL, highlighted Degenkolb’s significant role, “John is not only pivotal on the bike, but his influence extends off the bike as well. As a culture carrier and an experienced motivator, he’s instrumental in elevating the entire team. We eagerly anticipate another season with John and the exciting prospects it brings.”
Degenkolb’s extension with Team dsm-firmenich PostNL comes as a boost for the Dutch outfit. With his blend of experience, leadership, and racing skills, he is poised to play a crucial role in guiding the team’s young talents in the classics and sprints. As he embarks on his 17th professional season at the AlUla Tour, Degenkolb’s passion for cycling and his commitment to nurturing emerging riders underline his invaluable presence in the peloton.