April 21 | The Survivors of Spring
A Giant struggle
When a disoriented English tourist drove headlong into six Giant-Alpecin riders at their Spanish training camp in late January, thoughts turned first to saving lives rather than the team's season.
John Degenkolb, the winner of Milan-Sanremo & Paris-Roubaix in 2015, went into emergency surgery to save a finger. Warren Barguil had broken a wrist. Chad Haga's various fractures and lacerations had left him unrecognisable. Ramon Sinkeldam & Fredrik Ludvigsson had also been struck, while the young German sprinter, Max Walscheid, faced the longest lay-off of all due to a broken leg.
Suddenly without two of its star riders, Degenkolb & Barguil, the team seemed certain to struggle up to and through the Classics season - and so it proved. Gradually, wounds healed & riders returned, but Giant-Alpecin remained winless as the cobbled Classics ended with Mat Hayman inheriting the still recovering Degenkolb's Roubaix crown.
Daniel Friebe was th
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