Berlin – To save cycling from the financial collapse due to the Corona crisis, classic specialist John Degenkolb would also ride “five weeks Tour de France”.
«My wish is that the Tour de France can take place in any way this year. I believe that it is essential for us as a professional team to survive, »said Degenkolb in an interview with spiegel.de.
The former winner of Milan-Sanremo and Paris-Roubaix has already felt the effects of the pandemic. His Lotto Soudal team saw a drop in salary. “If the sponsors are not doing well, the lights can go out very quickly,” emphasized Degenkolb.
The tour is of extreme importance since the tour accounts for 70 to 80 percent of the advertising values in cycling. In this way, Degenkolb would drive the tour without an audience in an emergency. “If that’s the price to keep the business going, I’m ready to do it.” It is important that a solution is found.
Degenkolb is disturbed by the fact that the politicians have taken the measures in slices. “I think you should now make a far-reaching cut and try to get everything in order by a set date,” said the 31-year-old.