Degenkolb, 24, has not been in the best of form this campaign, a ninth in the Tour of Flanders his most notable result, but his five stage wins in last year’s Vuelta showed he had the right mentality for the grueling major Tours.
Ji said that the team were in good shape and had enjoyed an ideal preparation for the race.
“We have had a very good preparation,” Ji said. “A training session in Altea [Spain] and the Tour of Turkey. I will be more than satisfied if we can win a stage and if I finish the race. I am expecting a huge fight.”