John Degenkolb’s Tour de France ended almost before it had even started with the German forced to leave the race after missing the time cut on the first stage.Degenkolb was involved in an accident during a brutally difficult first stage in Nice which saw the race strewn with crashes due to heavy rain and slippery roads. At one point, the riders even neutralized the stage but even a slowdown in pace was not enough for Degenkolb to get back into the peloton.
His crash, alongside Ewan, left the German with too many injuries and while the Australian managed to come back and even finish in 19th place, there was no such joy for Degenkolb, who has finished wet, alone and within the allotted time. He finished just under 18 minutes behind stage winner Alexander Kristoff, and around three minutes over the limit.“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose,” he wrote on Instagram after receiving a quick examination of his injuries which included a cut to his knee and elbow on his right side. German is currently being digitized.
“Today I lost everything… everything I worked for and trained for in this 2020 special. An accident took us, Caleb me and many other riders on the wet ground and destroyed all my dreams .. destroyed my Tower on the first day. .. with open knees I could end the stage with a lot of pain, alone, more than 18 minutes late but obviously I’m far from the allotted time .. of course it’s frustrating as hell but it is the brutal reality of cycling. . sad.
Cycling learned from Lotto Soudal that they had tried to appeal the decision of the race jury but that their attempt was refused.