Degenkolb strikes again at the Tour Méditerranéen

Giant-Shimano sprinter beats Hushovd and Colbrelli

John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) continued to dominate the sprint finishes at the Tour Méditerranéen, winning his third consecutive stage of the race on Saturday morning.

The German beat Thor Hushovd (BMC) and ltaly's Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) in a sprint finish after a hectic 63km of racing between Lambesc and Saint Rémy de Provence in the south of France. Several attacks shaped the stage, including a late attempt by Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and others but Giant-Shimano protected and set-up Degenkolb, allowing him to produce his sprint finish.

Degenkolb retained his race leadership and so was set to start last in the hilly 18.2km afternoon time trial stage. He also gave the Giant-Shimano team its second hat trick of victories of the season after Marcel Kittel landed three consecutive victories at the Dubi Tour.

"Once again I have to thank my teammates for today. They have controlled the race for three days now and are still riding super strong. This afternoon I will see how I get on in the time trial, but it is more of a stage for Tobias [Ludvigsson] and he's riding really strong at the moment.

"Starting a season like this is a great way to thank everyone who supports us, the fans, sponsors, staff. Hopefully the wins will keep coming."

Following the stage directeur sportif Marc Reef revealed the tactics behind this latest hat trick.

"Another hat trick, what a way to start the season. The guys are just sticking to the plan and it's working out perfectly," he said in a press release from the team.

"Tom Peterson, Thierry Hupond and Johannes Fröhlinger did another great job on the front to control the bunch and set the rest of the guys up in a good position before the final climb with 40km to go. We expected the stage to break up a bit with the wind but it was mostly behind us so it was a fast day.

"At the end the guys set John up in a good position and he did a great sprint to finish it off. This afternoon Tobias and Warren Barguil are looking to do a strong time trial and we will make a plan for tomorrow after that."


1John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano1:18:48 
2Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
3Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
4Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling  
5Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
6Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
7Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
8Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
9Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar  
10Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha  
11Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia  
12Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
13Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
14Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
15Anthony Roux (Fra)  
16Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Raleigh  
17Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
18Alo Jakin (Est) BigMat - Auber 93  
19Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling  
20Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
21Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
22Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
23Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
24Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
25Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Team Raleigh  
26Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale  
27Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
28Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
29Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
30Dries Devenyns (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano  
31Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
32Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
33Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
34Quentin Jauregui (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
35Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
36Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
37Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
38Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
39Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
40Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
41Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
42Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
43Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
44Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
45Domingos André Maciel Gonçalves (Por) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
46Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
47Arnaud Courteille (Fra)  
48Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
49Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
50Christophe Premont (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
51Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar  
52Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing  
53Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano  
54Jérémy Roy (Fra)  
55Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar  
56Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha  
57Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
58Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
59Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
60Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Shimano  
61Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
62Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
63Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
64Pierre Gouault (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
65Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
66Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
67Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
68Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
69Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
70Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
71Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling  
72Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
73Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
74Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
75Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano  
76Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
77Yoann Paillot (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
78Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
79Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia  
80Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
81Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Colombia  
82Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
83Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
84Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
85Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
86Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra)  
87Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
88Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
89Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
90Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
91Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
92Grégoire Tarride (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
93Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
94Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia  
95Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
96Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
97Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale  
98Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
99Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
100Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
101Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Giant-Shimano  
102Alexandre Geniez (Fra)  
103Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Team Katusha  
104Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing  
105Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
106Jussi Veikkanen (Fin)  
107Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
108Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia  
109Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
110Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
111Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
112Peio Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
113Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
114Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Androni Giocattoli  
115Mark Christian (GBr) Team Raleigh  
116Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
117Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
118Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
119Yanto Barker (GBr) Team Raleigh  
120Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
121Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
122Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:01:18 
123Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:01:23 
124Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling0:01:30 
125Donato De Ieso (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
126Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
127Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
128Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team  
129Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Team Raleigh0:01:39 
130Darwin Ferney Pantoja Tobar (Col) Colombia  
131Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling  
132Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling  
133Angelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
134Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
135Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Team Katusha  
136Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Raleigh0:02:33 
137Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
138Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
139Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
140Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano  
141Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
142Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano  
143Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
144Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
145Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
146Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:05:10 
147Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:31 
148Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:05:34 
149Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:06:12 
150Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing0:06:30 
151Frédéric Brun (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:07:08 
152Maxime Anciaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
153Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
154George Atkins (GBr) Team Raleigh  
155Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNSJoseph Perret (GBr) Team Raleigh  
DSQEmanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DSQManuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DSQAndrea Zordan (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
General classification after stage 3a
1John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano11:09:28 
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
3Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
4Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar  
5Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
6Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
7Anthony Roux (Fra)  
8Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling  
9Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
10Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
11Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
12Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
13Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano  
14Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
15Domingos André Maciel Gonçalves (Por) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
16Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
17Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling  
18Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
19Arnaud Courteille (Fra)  
20Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
21Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
22Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
23Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
24Dries Devenyns (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano  
25Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano  
26Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
27Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
28Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing  
29Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Team Raleigh  
30Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
31Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
32Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
33Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar  
34Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
35Jérémy Roy (Fra)  
36Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
37Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
38Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
39Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia  
40Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
41Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
42Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Shimano  
43Peio Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
44Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Colombia  
45Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling  
46Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
47Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
48Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
49Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
50Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
51Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
52Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale  
53Alexandre Geniez (Fra)  
54Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia  
55Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
56Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:32 
57Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr0:01:05 
58Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement0:01:07 
59Quentin Jauregui (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:01:30 
60Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:11 
61Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
62Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
63Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale  
64Alo Jakin (Est) BigMat - Auber 93  
65Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
66Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
67Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
68Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
69Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
70Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
71Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
72Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
73Christophe Premont (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
74Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha  
75Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
76Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
77Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra)  
78Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
79Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
80Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:02:28 
81Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:52 
82Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:03:29 
83Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:43 
84Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling0:03:50 
85Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling  
86Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:03:58 
87Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
88Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
89Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
90Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
91Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement0:04:14 
92Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:04:28 
93Angelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:05:00 
94Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:05:58 
95Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
96Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:06:31 
97Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia0:06:45 
98Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing0:07:29 
99Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar0:07:45 
100Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
101Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Androni Giocattoli  
102Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team0:08:23 
103Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:08:56 
104Pierre Gouault (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
105Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia  
106Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:09:24 
107Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling0:09:45 
108Yoann Paillot (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 130:09:56 
109Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:10:31 
110Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team0:11:24 
111Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Team Katusha0:11:35 
112Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:12:00 
113Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:12:40 
114Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Raleigh0:12:43 
115Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
116Yanto Barker (GBr) Team Raleigh  
117Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team0:12:46 
118Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:13:03 
119Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing  
120Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:13:39 
121Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:13:57 
122Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:14:26 
123Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:14:39 
124Grégoire Tarride (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 130:14:42 
125Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 130:14:56 
126Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
127Donato De Ieso (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:15:13 
128Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:15:25 
129Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
130Mark Christian (GBr) Team Raleigh  
131Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
132Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:15:56 
133Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling0:17:39 
134Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:17:49 
135Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:18:01 
136Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
137Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha0:19:01 
138Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Team La Pomme Marseille 130:19:21 
139Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Team Katusha0:19:24 
140Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:19:31 
141Frédéric Brun (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:20:11 
142Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:20:19 
143Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Raleigh0:20:34 
144Maxime Anciaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:21:05 
145Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:21:34 
146Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia0:21:57 
147Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:24:11 
148Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar0:26:09 
149George Atkins (GBr) Team Raleigh0:27:32 
150Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Giant-Shimano0:28:38 
151Darwin Ferney Pantoja Tobar (Col) Colombia0:28:54 
152Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:30:08 
153Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Team Raleigh0:31:00 
154Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano0:31:11 
155Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:34:09 

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