• John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) is ready to take on the Amgen Tour of California (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
The eight-day Amgen Tour of California starts on Sunday and will see John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) continue his return to form after he and his team-mates were hit by a car during a training ride earlier this year.
Cycling Central

10 May 2016 - 9:41 AM 

Giant-Alpecin have been in the limelight this week with Tom Dumoulin winning the prologue and the Giro d’Italia and wearing the maglia rosa for the next two days.

Tom Dumoulin wins the opening 2016 Giro d'Italia prologue....just

Another select group from the team will head to the United States to take on the Amgen Tour of California. The 2016 parcours offers a scenic but difficult route with a total distance of nearly 1300km to cover including the race’s iconic ascent the Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara County.

"The Amgen Tour of California is an exciting race with quite a few tricky stages where late attacks could avoid a bunch sprint,” said Giant-Alpecin team coach, Aike Visbeek.

“It is also important to be aware of certain circumstances, such as the crosswinds or the heat. Overall, it's a challenging course that should suit the all-rounders instead of the pure climbers.”

The Giant-Alpecin line up includes: Søren Kragh Andersen, Roy Curvers, Laurens Ten Dam, John Degenkolb, Caleb Fairly, Koen de Kort, Sindre Skjøstad Lunke and Ramon Sinkeldam.

"For the overall classification, we will focus on Laurens and I expect a fight for every second all the way to Sacramento. For stage results we have several options, primarily with Ramon in a possible bunch sprint,” said Visbeek.

"For John is all about gaining race rhythm and there is no immediate pressure for him to deliver results."

Degenkolb, who won the Paris-Roubaix and the Milan San Remo last year, was one of six members of the team who were hit by a car driving on the wrong side of the road during a training ride in January.

Degenkolb's absence leaves Giant-Alpecin looking for Classics options
Giant-Alpecin does not have a Plan B for its spring classics campaign in the absence of Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix champion John Degenkolb.
Giant-Alpecin riders hurt in car collision in Spain
Six Giant-Alpecin riders, including Milan San Remo and Paris Roubaix winner John Degenkolb have been taken to hospital after being struck by a motorist while training in southern Spain.

Degenkolb suffered from a fractured forearm and damaged hand and was forced to miss the classics season. He made a return to top level racing with the Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt in Germany in May, but did not finish the race.

SBS will broadcast the every stage of Amgen Tour of California online and on SBS2. 

All times are AEST. Please check your local guides for SBS2 TV details.

Monday 16 May 2016
0700 - 0900 AEST

Tuesday 17 May 2016
0700 - 0900 AEST

Wednesday 18 May 2016
0700 - 0900 AEST

Thursday 19 May 2016
0700 - 0900 AEST

Friday 20 May 2016
0700 - 0900 AEST

Saturday 21 May 2016
0700 - 0900 AEST

Sunday 22 May 2016
0700 - 0900 AEST