It's probably the most well-known endagsløb in the world is the brutal Paris-Roubaix, as the hardy riders of all ages dream to shine in. Friday announced organise running events too John Malaise, however, that the U19 edition of the race would probably be canceled this year because of lack of money.
€ 10,000 – approximately 75.000 kroner – lacked the Malaise to settle over who should run the 14. april, but the money has a former winner of the adult version of the race, the German John Degenkolb, now scraped together.
Cyclingnews.com writes that Degenkolb launched a fundraiser on the website gofundme.com and within 24 hours was the amount needed and therefor 700 euros collected. Degenkolb spat itself 2.500 euro in bøssen.
It was immediately clear to me that I had to do everything I could to avoid the worst-case scenario, " says John Degenkolb to cyclingnews.com.
- Not only because I have a very special relationship with Paris-Roubaix, which has fascinated me from an early age and infected me with the fascination of cycling, but also because the course is particularly important for the young talents.
- If the sport must have a sustainable future, we need the young guns, says Degenkolb, who rides for american Trek-Segafredo-crew.
He won Paris-Roubaix in 2015 and won last year the key 9. stage in the Tour de France, which had the objective in Roubaix, and included a strip of the harsh brostensstrækninger from forårsklassikeren.
Degenkolb assures that he, if necessary, would have paid even more out of their own pocket in order to save the race. Excess money from the fundraiser will go to the association ’Paris-Roubaix’s friends’, which maintains brostensstrækningerne, so the year after year can be used for the hard cycling.
Degenkolb is an ambassador for the association, writes cyclingnews.com.
Among the winners of the juniorernes Paris-Roubaix is the current World Tour riders Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) and Mads Würtz Schmidt (Kathusha) and Magnus Bak Klaris, who today is running for the Danish kontinentalhold BHS Almeborg-Bornholm.
Last year drove Mattias Skjelmose Jensen on the podium in the race, but he is still more known for later in the year to be sentenced to ten months dopingkarantæne because of a positive test for an illegal product, which he is supposed inadvertently to have the intake via a dietary supplement.