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Video: John Degenkolb blows his cool and squirts water at Belgian rival

Heat of the chase – and the desert – gets to German after he and team mates miss out on decisive move

It’s been a difficult 2016 for John Degenkolb, and the German’s frustration’s boiled over in the heat of the desert at the UCI Road World Championships today as he aimed a jet of water from his bidon into the face Belgium’s Jens Debusschere, accompanied by a fair bit of yelling and finger pointing which continued for several minutes.

Degenkolb, unable to defend his Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix titles in the spring due to injuries sustained when a driver ploughed into him and a group of Giant-Alpecin colleagues at a training camp in Spain, missed out on the group that would contest the finish today as crosswinds blew the race apart.

So too did his team mates Andre Greipel and Tony Martin, but the Belgians had six men up the road, including Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet, and Tom Boonen, who would finish third behind defending champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia, and Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish.

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Debusschere’s crime? To help his team mates up the road by working with Iljo Keisse to slam the door shut on the German contingent’s repeated efforts to reduce the gap to the front group. He was pretty good at it too, and on another day – not this one, though – Degenkolb might have been impressed by his efforts.

Mind you, one of Debusschere’s team mates was caught on camera during the race doing his own bit of, erm, squirting …

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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