On a day filled with crashes and mechanicals, sprinter John Degenkolb of Trek-Segafredo rode clear of the infamous Paris-Roubaix cobbles in Stage 9 of the Tour de France to take an epic stage win. The German sprinter made the move look effortless with the final few hundred meters to go, outsprinting yellow jersey wearer Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing Team with a burst of energy to take a photo finish win.
The stage win marks Degenkolb’s first World Tour win since the final stage of the 2015 Vuelta a España. His career was derailed after a 2016 training camp accident resulted in Degenkolb and 5 other teammates being hit by a driver on the wrong side of the road. Degenkolb was hospitalized, and almost lost a finger due to his injuries.
In an emotional post race interview, Degenkolb dedicated the win to a deceased friend. Struggling to stay composed, he said, “I’m so happy to dedicate this win to one of my best friends, he passed away last winter… this was really something for him. Everybody said I’m done, after this accident, and I said no, I’m not done. I have to make one big victory for this guy.” Still dusty and sweat streaked from the cobbles, Degenkolb turned right around and thanked his team, saying on Instagram, “This is a win of the whole Trek-Segafredo team. A great day for all of us.”
Trek-Segafredo teammate Jasper Stuyven took 6th, grabbing Peter Sagan’s wheel in the final sprint and finishing strong. Another Rudy Project athlete sporting the special edition Tralyx Fade, Andre Greipel of Lotto-Soudal, took 8th.
“The Tour this year is on a whole other level,” said Chris Lupo, Director of Sports Marketing for Rudy Project North America. “And this was an amazing day for Rudy Project. With three riders out of the top ten wearing the Tralyx Fade, we couldn’t be prouder to be supporting world class teams like Trek-Segafredo, Lotto-Soudal, and Team Bahrain-Merida.”
Rudy Project introduced a limited edition Tralyx Fade color to celebrate the three teams wearing the award-winning Tralyx in the peloton. The white and red frames feature an RP Optics Multilaser Orange lens, ideal for increased contrast and reducing eye fatigue. The Fade color also comes in a Gold/Blue with Multilaser Ice lenses, and a Yellow Fluo/Green Fluo with an RP Optics Mutilaser Blue lens.
All photos courtesy of Bettini Photo.