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John Degenkolb becomes ambassador of Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix

Jack Elton-Walters
22 Oct 2018

Winner of 2015 Paris-Roubaix becomes ambassador for the organisation that makes it all possible

John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) has become an ambassador for Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix, the organisation that spends days and weeks every winter repairing and relaying the cobbled secteurs that make the season's best race what it is.

Degenkolb knows the cobbles of Northern France as well as any rider in the current peloton after victory at the 2015 Paris-Roubaix and on the cobbled stage of the 2018 Tour de France.

According to Les Amis, Dege will help the association with financial contributions and various items to be exhibited in Les Amis's museum.

Further, when visiting the region - likely for training ahead of the 2019 Hell of the North - the rider will visit the volunteers working to restore the secteurs before the race.

'I wanted to be part of that history,' Degenkolb explained. 'These memories still motivate and push me today and so I did’t need to think one single second after I received the request to become as first official professional ambassador of Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix.

'I am very pround to give something back to the race I owe so much.'

Degenkolb's emotions on the finish line after he won Stage 9 of the 2018 Tour de France from Arras to Roubaix, sealing his comeback from poor form caused by a traffic incident during a training ride, showed just how much these brutal cobbled roads can mean to a rider.