Degenkolb ecstatic after taking first Giro d'Italia stage win

Two years ago, while a first-year pro with HTC, one of German John Degenkolb's biggest early wins, and first in the WorldTour, came on an uphill finish in stage 2 of the Criterium du Dauphine. Fast forward two seasons and Degenkolb, now 24, used his same skills in the uphill finish at Matera to clinch Argos-Shimano's - and his - first-ever stage victory in the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.