Degenkolb gets another Vuelta stage

John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) won stage 5 of the Vuelta a Epaña with a blistering turn of speed in Logroño. The German picked up his second grand tour stage of the week – and his career – with Daniele Bennati (Radioshack-Nissan) second and Gianni Meersman (Lotto Belisol Team) third.

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) finished safely in the bunch to retain his one-second lead over Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Despite Degenkolb’s unmatchable speed, Argos had a difficult time controlling the peloton but they timed their lead-out to perfection. And when Bennati launched an early sprint and looked to be heading for the win, Degenkolb closed the gap himself before coming around the Italian’s left-hand side.

The 168-kilometre stage was a deviation from the Vuelta’s recent blueprint of hilltop finishes and provided a rare chance for the sprinters to shine. Eight laps of a 21-kilometre circuit, it resembled a downtown criterium at times, with only lone escapee Javier Chacon (Andalucia) showing any sign of intent. His attack inside the first kilometre saw the 27-year-old Spaniard build up a lead close to 12 minutes after just 40 kilometres of racing.

With Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank) and his rivals taking a day off, the bunch cruised through the opening laps. Argos-Shimano and Rodriguez’s Katusha team tapped through at a moderate tempo before Chacon finally began to wilt in the Spanish heat.

FDJ-BigMat joined the stop-start pace setting but with 38 kilometres remaining the gap had dwindled to two minutes. By now Chacon was stuffing ice into his jersey but when he missed a bottle through the feedzone his day was almost over. After losing 30 seconds in two kilometres, he was finally reeled in with 29 kilometres remaining.

The capture saw a surge from teams consisting of GC contenders and sprinters, all aware that the increased pace would leave them in a weakened position at the back of the peloton. Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank, Garmin-Sharp, Sky and Liquigas-Cannondale attempted to assert authority but with over 20 kilometres to go there was a general reluctance to control the entire peloton. This was a day off, after all.

With one lap remaining Quick Step, with Tony Martin marshalling their troops, lit the touch paper for a possible Gert Steegmans sprint. Argos, who had set tempo throughout the early stages of the race, were still waiting in the wings and it was Euskaltel who, presumably hoping to keep Anton out of trouble, gave QuickStep some assistance.

Liquigas and Rabobank were next, with Flecha beckoning his Sky teammates to do the same. With 8 kilometre,s remaining Lotto and BMC had stretched the field out but control for any squad proved short-lived. GreenEdge and FDJ joined the scramble at the head of the field, the relative easy profile of the stage providing the majority of the fast men peloton with the confidence to compete for the win.

Steegmans had meanwhile latched onto Argos’s sprint train, while Froome helped Ben Swift cut through the peloton. Argos’s patience appeared to be threatened when RadioShack wound the pace up with 2 kilometres to go. However, despite Hayden Roulston’s efforts, Bennati was alone and unprotected when Degenkolb’s final leadout man hit the front. Meersman was briefly blocked as Raymond Kreder and Elia Viviani Liquigas-Cannondale fought for position. But despite the frantic run-in, the sprint was relatively clear cut. Bennati’s early surge created a visible gap and only Degenkolb could latch himself onto the Italian’s wheel before taking the win by half a wheel.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano4:10:37
2Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-NissanRow 1 - Cell 2
3Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 3 - Cell 2
5Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 4 - Cell 2
6Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 5 - Cell 2
7Allan Davis (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 7 - Cell 2
9Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 8 - Cell 2
10Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja RuralRow 10 - Cell 2
12Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin - SharpRow 12 - Cell 2
14Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 13 - Cell 2
15Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 16 - Cell 2
18Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 17 - Cell 2
19Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-NissanRow 18 - Cell 2
20Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 19 - Cell 2
21Ben Swift (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 20 - Cell 2
22Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 21 - Cell 2
23Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 22 - Cell 2
24Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 23 - Cell 2
25Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos-ShimanoRow 24 - Cell 2
26Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Radioshack-NissanRow 27 - Cell 2
29Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 29 - Cell 2
31Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 30 - Cell 2
32William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 31 - Cell 2
33Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 32 - Cell 2
34Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 34 - Cell 2
36Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 35 - Cell 2
37Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-ShimanoRow 36 - Cell 2
38Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 37 - Cell 2
39Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja RuralRow 39 - Cell 2
41Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 40 - Cell 2
42Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 43 - Cell 2
45Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 44 - Cell 2
46Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 48 - Cell 2
50Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Maxime Monfort (Bel) Radioshack-NissanRow 52 - Cell 2
54Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 56 - Cell 2
58Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja RuralRow 58 - Cell 2
60Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 61 - Cell 2
63Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 62 - Cell 2
64Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 64 - Cell 2
66Laurent Didier (Lux) Radioshack-NissanRow 65 - Cell 2
67Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 66 - Cell 2
68Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 67 - Cell 2
69Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 68 - Cell 2
70Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 69 - Cell 2
71Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 70 - Cell 2
72Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La MondialeRow 71 - Cell 2
73Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack-NissanRow 72 - Cell 2
74Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 74 - Cell 2
76Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISDRow 75 - Cell 2
77Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 77 - Cell 2
79Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 78 - Cell 2
80Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 79 - Cell 2
81Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre - ISDRow 80 - Cell 2
82Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 82 - Cell 2
84John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 83 - Cell 2
85Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - SharpRow 84 - Cell 2
86Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 86 - Cell 2
88Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin - SharpRow 87 - Cell 2
89Hernani Broco (Por) Caja RuralRow 88 - Cell 2
90Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica - GreenEdgeRow 89 - Cell 2
91Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISDRow 90 - Cell 2
92David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Caja RuralRow 91 - Cell 2
93Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 92 - Cell 2
94Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos-ShimanoRow 93 - Cell 2
95Gustavo Cesar Veloso (Spa) AndaluciaRow 94 - Cell 2
96Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Grégory Rast (Swi) Radioshack-NissanRow 96 - Cell 2
98Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big MatRow 97 - Cell 2
99Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 99 - Cell 2
101Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos-ShimanoRow 100 - Cell 2
102Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big MatRow 103 - Cell 2
105Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - SharpRow 105 - Cell 2
107Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 106 - Cell 2
108Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 107 - Cell 2
109Yohann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 108 - Cell 2
110Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 110 - Cell 2
112Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff BankRow 111 - Cell 2
113Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Radioshack-NissanRow 112 - Cell 2
114Danny Pate (USA) Sky ProcyclingRow 113 - Cell 2
115Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 115 - Cell 2
117Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Argos-ShimanoRow 116 - Cell 2
118Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
119Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 119 - Cell 2
121Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 120 - Cell 2
122Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 121 - Cell 2
123Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
124Hayden Roulston (NZl) Radioshack-NissanRow 123 - Cell 2
125Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
126Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 126 - Cell 2
128Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
129Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 128 - Cell 2
130Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 129 - Cell 2
131Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 130 - Cell 2
132Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 131 - Cell 2
133Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 132 - Cell 2
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