Degenkolb ditches 1x drivetrain for E3 BinckBank Classic

Two chainrings for Degenkolb at E3

John Degenkolb has ditched SRAM's 1x drivetrain and returned to a standard double chainring crankset for the E3 BinckBank Classic. The Trek-Segafredo rider suffered a mechanical on the descent of the Poggio at Milan-San Remo last Saturday, and bashed his bike in frustration as the front of the race escaped him. The problem was an apparent dropped chain, an issue that has been linked with 1x systems in the past, notably when the Aqua Blue Sport first introduced them to the professional peloton in 2018. On Friday morning, Degenkolb lined up for E3-Harelbeke in Belgium with SRAM's RED e-Tap AXS groupset, with a standard double chainring crankset. Trek-Segafredo denied the switch indicated Degenkolb was unhappy with the 1x drivetrain. "He needs a wider range of gears to handle the climbs here," a mechanic told Cyclingnews . "At Milan-San Remo you don't need two chainrings, but here you have steep climbs ...

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