The German cyclist John Degenkolb has pronounced himself after the Russian attack on Ukraine against a general suspension of Russian and Belarusian cyclists. “You have to differentiate between individual drivers and sponsors like Gazprom. Professionals such as Pavel Sivakov is Russian citizen, but he has clearly distant from this regime. That’s exactly the right way. To lock it, would not be right,” said Degenkolb in the interview of the “Frankfurter Rundschau” (Friday). Sivakov changed the nation on Friday due to Ukraine conflict and will travel for France, where he grew up.
The Cycling World Association UCI excluded Russian and Belarussian teams from all races and tours, including the Gazprom Rusvelo team. Individual Russian and Belarusian professionals in non-Russian or coalescous teams are not affected. Siwakow drives for the British Team Ineos Grenadiers.
Degenkolb: “War is in the middle of Europe and we should drive now here?”
Besides Sivakov, his compatriot Alexandr Vlasov in the German Team Bora-Hansgrohe in the World Tour is there. This had clearly distanced himself on Thursday by the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin. “How many other Russians I only want peace. I’m not a political person, and normal people like me were not asked if we want to war. It was a shock for everyone, and I hope it will stop soon,” Vlasov wrote up Instagram.
Degenkolb succeeds in training to hide the thoughts of war. “But just as older driver and family father are you already asking, what are we going to do here? In the middle of Europe there is a war and we should drive now here?” The winner of Paris-Roubaix and Milan-Sanremo 2015 said: “I hope Intue that the peace negotiations lead to a positive result as soon as possible and this war is finally ended. “