Degenkolb wins Saitama Criterium

John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) sprinted to victory at the Saitama Criterium, beating local rider Fumiyuki Beppu (Trek Factory Racing). Tour de France champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) rounded off the podium after leading out the sprint in the final metres.

The 60-kilometre criterium rounded off a day’s racing that included a time trial and points race earlier in the day.

There was plenty of action throughout the criterium with an early break of four going off the front. Each of the big-name rider in the race made an attack off the front during the 19 laps before the successful move of six riders went clear.

Froome, Degenkolb, Beppu, Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), Yukio Arashiro (Europcar) and Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) rode off the front with just a handful of laps remaining. Arashiro was particularly active, hovering up the points available after each lap. As they neared the line to begin the penultimate lap the Japanese rider attacked, much to the delight of the crowd who let out a huge cheer as he passed through the Super Arena Saitama. Arashiro managed a lap out front before he was caught by the other riders.

The six riders came into the final kilometre together, with Froome taking up the sprint first. Degenkolb eased around him to take the victory with Beppu stuck firmly to his wheel. Rodríguez slotted home in fourth, Bardet was right behind him in fifth, while points classification winner Arashiro took sixth.

“It was a very great race, with so many spectators. They are super emotional, especially in the final the crowds were so loud and you can almost compare it to the Champs Elysees from the atmosphere and the noise on the said of the road,” said Degenkolb. “Now the season is really finished for me and now the preparation for the new season starts.”


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin1:19:30
2Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory RacingRow 1 - Cell 2
3Christopher Froome (GBr) Team SkyRow 2 - Cell 2
4Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team KatushaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 4 - Cell 2
6Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team EuropcarRow 5 - Cell 2
7Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:22
8Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek Factory RacingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Aisan Racing TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Ryutaro Nakamura (Jpn) Special Team Japan For SaitamaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Team Ukyo0:00:24
12Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha0:00:32
13Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 12 - Cell 2
14Takuto Kurabayashi (Jpn) Special Team Japan For SaitamaRow 13 - Cell 2
15Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Aisan Racing TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Masakazu Ito (Jpn) Aisan Racing TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Aisan Racing TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory RacingRow 18 - Cell 2
20Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 19 - Cell 2
21Johannes Fršhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 20 - Cell 2
22Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 21 - Cell 2
23Wouter Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 22 - Cell 2
24Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 23 - Cell 2
25Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 24 - Cell 2
26Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team SkyRow 25 - Cell 2
27Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 26 - Cell 2
28Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Team UkyoRow 27 - Cell 2
29Ryo Minato (Jpn) Team UkyoRow 28 - Cell 2


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