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There is news

2017-08-16
After two years I will leave my current team Quick-Step Floors and as of 2018 I will ride for Katusha Alpecin.

I am really proud of all the victories that I celebrated together with Quick-Step. As of now, that is 27 – including six stages at the Tour, two at the Giro and one Worlds title in the team time trial. I had great support over the last two years and after my horror year 2015 find my way back to my old strength. I would like to thank Patrik Lefevere and all my teammates for this chance. I am very proud to have been part of the Wolfpack.

And yet I have decided to change. The reasons for this are basically my experiences from 2015. After that extremely disappointing year I decided to change many things. I now train in Girona, Spain, in winter, I have found my private happiness with my girlfriend Tess on Lake Constance, avoid as many appointments as possible and sworn to myself that I never again want to make any compromises about my sport and my goals. That is why I changed teams then and for the same reasons, I am doing it now. I want to avoid a discussion about my future Tour starts and my role as a sprinter. The team management could not give me a definite answer and I can understand that. After Fernando Gaviria won four stages at the Giro, he will of course also want to be at the start of the Tour. I respect that and am therefore happy that I can look back to a good and happy time and that I leave the team with all good between us.

And so we come to the next two years and the future. I am looking forward to the team and above all, being underway with Tony and a few other German riders. Like with my transfer to Quick-Step, I sent Tony on ahead, to check out how things are with the "Reds" ;-) Katusha Alpecin has changed a lot and offers me and the other guys a great environment. I look forward to the new challenge and – especially great – a totally German team for the sprints! If you followed the Tour de France carefully, then you will have seen that Nils Politt, Rick Zabel and Marco Haller provided some great leadouts in the sprints there. So I have good chances and also a lot of enthusiasm.

But first I want to bring 2017 to an end and once again drink a toast with my teammates to the great last two years. A victory or two this autumn would be perfect for that :-)

Photos: roth-foto.de
Further News

BinckBank Tour

2017-08-10
The legs are good, the form is right too – but I still need a little something to come mentally back into the form I need to go all out in these top-class sprints. [more]

Leaving the Tour, but the five wins remain

2017-07-19
Now it is over. Unfortunately I won’t make it to Paris this year. The crash today was the knock-out punch. [more]

Working on Mission Green

2017-07-16
Rest day at last! After my fifth stage win at this year’s Tour, we sprinters have had to survive some hard days until tomorrow’s rest day. [more]

Four stage wins at the halfway mark and the German record

2017-07-11
It is simply unbelievable, to have already won four stages. With 1775 kilometers we are only halfway through the Tour 2017. When it goes good, it goes good. [more]

Starting with mourning armband

2017-07-08
Today a great cycling trainer, companion and friend died. That is why I started today wearing a mourning armband. [more]

Winning by six millimeters

2017-07-07
The finish line surprised me today. It came earlier than I thought it would. I had to give my all and think that I now have longer arms than before. [more]

Second stage win at the Tour 2017

2017-07-06
Yeah! Second win at the Tour. That was my kind of sprint. Thanks to the team. The guys gave everything for me and brought me to the front perfectly in a hectic finale. [more]

An emotional win

2017-07-03
I am super proud of this stage win. Being able to give the fans a German victory at the Grand Depart in Germany is an indescribable feeling. [more]

Ninth in the prologue

2017-07-01
My ears still hurt from the noise along the course. It was totally crazy, how many people were out there despite the awful weather. [more]

Go to the Tour

2017-06-27
After the German championship in chemnitz, I once again went through blown in the home before going to düsseldorf. I'm so glad it's finally going off. [more]

A chain problem in the finale

2017-06-15
About 200 meters before the finish line a speed bump stopped me in the finale – well actually, it was my chain. [more]

Altitude training in Colorado

2017-05-27
After my return to racing in the Tour of California, I am now in Colorado for an altitude training camp to get the last bit for the Tour. [more]

Winning at home

2017-04-05
Fifth win in the Scheldeprijs! By now it feels like my home race. I could win today thanks to great teamwork – and it was a very special win. It was Tom’s farewell appearance in Belgium. [more]

Victory at the Three Days of de Panne

2017-03-30
Crash, chasing back, win. What a finale in the next-to-last stage of the Three Days of de Panne! Crashing 15 km before the finish is really a bad idea. [more]

Training in the sun and "Biking for PSP"

2017-03-22
Greetings from sunny Spain. I have fled from the weather at home and am now putting in my kilometers in Spain, where I am preparing for the upcoming races. [more]

In the wind too soon

2017-03-07
Today I absolutely wanted to win, but in the end I was really surprised by the wind and was up front too early. One more man would have been better, or I could have taken the risk and jumped forward from rear wheel to rear wheel with Saba. [more]

Yesterday a crash, today a victory

2017-02-24
I am overjoyed that after yesterday’s setback, I could win the second stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour. [more]

Back in the desert

2017-02-23
This will really be a meeting of the sprinters. And from the GC riders, only Christopher Froome is missing, otherwise we would have the perfect line-up like at a Grand Tour. [more]

Overall title in Dubai

2017-02-04
Three wins, the overall title and my eighth win ever here in Dubai. This season start gives me a lot of self-confidence. The team was great. [more]

A shame for our sport

2017-02-02
Today I thought I was in the wrong sport. Not cycling but martial arts. [more]

Second win in second race

2017-02-01
Second win in second race, and my seventh overall here in Dubai. I am super happy with this win today, even if it didn’t come about as perfectly as yesterday. [more]

First race, first win

2017-01-31
Yeah! First race, first win. This morning after I got up and had put in a few meters on the bike, I knew that my legs were good. In the race itself there was no situation which we didn’t have under control. [more]

Starting training in Calpe

2017-01-10
I hope you have all started the New Year well and are back into things. I am. I have been with the team for several days in Calpe, where we ride our first "races" ;-) [more]

Putting my bike in the corner

2016-10-21
I haven’t been in the saddle at all since the Worlds race. Now the main thing is to get away from it all. That would of course have been a lot easier with a good result in Qatar. [more]

It will be an exciting World Championship

2016-10-15
I am looking forward to the race tomorrow. It is my second World Championship with the pros and it will surely be an exciting day. I think the race is pretty open. [more]

Statement on today's dpa article by Stefan Tabeling

2016-10-14
It is sad how some journalists can take quotes out of context and in their search for headlines don’t care how the falsely quoted person is discredited. [more]

Bam! World Champion in TTT

2016-10-10
At first I rather underestimated what it would feel like to become World Champion with the team. But simply because I didn’t know. And I can tell you: It is fantastic. [more]

Stopped by a crash

2016-10-03
In a rainy and crash-filled finale today I was unfortunately caught behind one of the crashes. The roads were extremely slippery and there were a lot of crashes on the cobblestones. [more]

Worlds Nomination

2016-09-28
As you may know, I was having some stomach problems before Eneco. Unfortunately it turned out to be worse than I thought. [more]

Victory at the Grand Prix de Fourmies

2016-09-04

After working yesterday to set up the sprint for Tom Boonen, today I was captain again and after a long and confusing sprint won the Grand Prix de Fourmies.

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Setting up the sprint today

2016-09-03
Today at the Brussels Classics I changed over to setting up the sprint, after we decided as a team to ride for Tom. Fortunately we also won – so we did everything right. [more]

A flat rear tire stopped me in Hamburg

2016-08-21
For the third time this year, I had a flat tire shortly before the finish of an important race. Today it hit me in Hamburg about 1000 meter before the finish line. Hamburg, of all places! [more]

Mixed feelings with stage win and a bruised behind

2016-07-25
I have never before had a pedal break. But I had my premiere with this, of course on the Champs Elysees, which I would gladly have done without. I was lucky not to crash. [more]

Showdown in Paris

2016-07-23
The thought of the Champs-Élysées has carried me through the Alps the last few days. Well, not really. It was pretty hard. [more]

Paris is not so far

2016-07-21
After a relaxed rest day in the wonderful city of Berne and a great hotel, I got through things well yesterday. Of course roads like that are the natural enemy of sprinters, but I got along well. [more]

Fifth on a windy day

2016-07-16
After this windy and stormy day today it was unfortunately only enough for fifth place, although I think that more than top five would have been possible. [more]

Relaxation and hectic

2016-07-14
Pure relaxation, flying blind in the mountains and hectic in the echelons. That is the quick description of the my last three days. [more]

Extremely fast sprint finish

2016-07-07
68 km/h in the last kilometer, 75 km/h in the sprint. The finale today was once again extreme. Very hectic, lots of curves, and an enormously high speed. [more]

I got through it well

2016-07-06
Today’s stage may only have had the difficulty rating of 2, but it also featured 3800 meters of climbing. [more]

Finally another win at the Tour

2016-07-05
Bam! That is the win. I am proud to come back like this at the Tour after my messed-up season last year. [more]
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