Vuelta a España: Degenkolb wins in A Coruña

Five stage victories at the Vuelta a España two years ago weren’t enough to secure the points classification for John Degenkolb, but his fourth win at this year’s race in A Coruña might well prove enough to seal the green jersey for him this time around.

In any case, Degenkolb’s storming sprint victory in Galicia demonstrated that he is the fastest man still standing in this Vuelta, and it also highlighted his credentials for another major race in north-western Spain this month – the world championships in Ponferrada.

Degenkolb faced a stiff challenge in the bunch finish in A Coruña from two other men with designs on the rainbow jersey. Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) pushed Degenkolb closest but couldn’t quite get on terms, while Fabian Cancellara led out his Trek teammate Jasper Stuyven with such ferocity that he helped himself to third place.

Degenkolb’s victory was all the more impressive considering his relative lack of help in the final kilometre. His Giant-Shimano squad had been prominent in chasing down the remnants of the break of the day in the undulating finale, and they sacrificed supporting their man in the finishing straight in order to guarantee that he would be sprinting for first place.

Their fate in Degenkolb’s speed was justified. After Rohan Dennis (BMC) and Elia Favilli (Lampre-Merida) were swept up in the final kilometre, a rather chaotic sprint ensued from a peloton that had splintered on the creases in the final kilometres.

As has been his wont at this Vuelta, Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida) opted to try his luck by opening the sprint from distance, but the Italian did not have 300 metres in his legs and he faded within sight of the line.

For his part, Matthews opted to leave his sprint late, but it was Degenkolb who timed his effort best. The German hit the front 150 metres from home and he had built up enough of a head of steam to hold off Matthews, Cancellara and Stuyven to take the win.

Froome takes no chances

The day began with news that Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) had cut his Vuelta short due to the effects of asthmatic bronchitis. Certainly, the Colombian had seemed a shadow of himself when he lost over 15 minutes at La Farrapona on Monday, and others to pull out after the rest day included Tanel Kangert (Astana) and Haimar Zubeldia (Trek).

Wednesday’s stage was widely touted as the last opportunity for the pure sprinters at although the relative paucity of their number at this juncture mean that there were still plenty of hardy souls willing to tilt at a windmill and see.

A five-man break duly sallied clear inside the opening twenty kilometres, featuring Dennis, Favilli, Bob Jungels (Trek), Luis Mas (Caja Rural) and Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka), and they quickly established a lead.

Their advantage was not permitted to stretch out much beyond four minutes, however, and it was soon clear that the fast men were indeed sufficiently motivated to have their teams peg things back for a bunch sprint. Undeterred, and with Dennis and Jungels especially prominent, the break still carried a two-minute lead into the final 25 kilometres, although the pace was continue to ratchet upwards in the peloton.

By then, Mas Bonet had dropped out of the break and Teklehaimont followed him with 10 kilometres to go. Back in the bunch, meanwhile, the uncategorised hillocks in the run-in to A Coruña called for vigilance. Not only were the likes of Orica-GreenEdge and Giant-Shimano drilling on the front, but Team Sky came to the fore inside the final five miles or so.

Their intention was not, it seems, to set Chris Froome up for a surprise attack, but simply to keep him out of danger, though red jersey Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) was careful to stick closely to his wheel on a cobbled climb with three kilometres remaining nonetheless.

Eventually, however, the general classification men melted back into the peloton and the gaps remained unchanged ahead of Thursday’s tricky finish at Mone Castrove. Contador leads Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) by 1:36, with Froome a further three seconds back.

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Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano4:26:07
2Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 1 - Cell 2
3Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory RacingRow 2 - Cell 2
4Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory RacingRow 3 - Cell 2
5Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin SharpRow 5 - Cell 2
7Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ.frRow 6 - Cell 2
8Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Damiano Caruso (Ita) CannondaleRow 8 - Cell 2
10Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) IAM CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 13 - Cell 2
15Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 14 - Cell 2
16Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 15 - Cell 2
17Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 16 - Cell 2
18Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto BelisolRow 17 - Cell 2
19Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 18 - Cell 2
20Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 21 - Cell 2
23Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-MeridaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 23 - Cell 2
25Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 24 - Cell 2
26Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Christopher Froome (GBr) Team SkyRow 26 - Cell 2
28Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team SkyRow 30 - Cell 2
32Romain Sicard (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 31 - Cell 2
33Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN - QhubekaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 33 - Cell 2
35Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 35 - Cell 2
37David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 36 - Cell 2
38Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 37 - Cell 2
39Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin SharpRow 38 - Cell 2
40Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 39 - Cell 2
41Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team KatushaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:07
43Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CannondaleRow 42 - Cell 2
44Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:16
45Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:22
46Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 45 - Cell 2
47Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Peio Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 48 - Cell 2
50Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 50 - Cell 2
52André Cardoso (Por) Garmin SharpRow 51 - Cell 2
53Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team KatushaRow 52 - Cell 2
54Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 53 - Cell 2
55Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 54 - Cell 2
56Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 57 - Cell 2
59Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin SharpRow 58 - Cell 2
60Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team KatushaRow 59 - Cell 2
61Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Maciej Bodnar (Pol) CannondaleRow 62 - Cell 2
64Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 63 - Cell 2
65Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team KatushaRow 64 - Cell 2
66Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory RacingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 66 - Cell 2
68Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-MeridaRow 67 - Cell 2
69Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 68 - Cell 2
70Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenedgeRow 69 - Cell 2
71Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 70 - Cell 2
72Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team KatushaRow 72 - Cell 2
74Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 73 - Cell 2
75Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-MeridaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 75 - Cell 2
77Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 76 - Cell 2
78Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto BelisolRow 77 - Cell 2
79Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 78 - Cell 2
80Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 79 - Cell 2
81Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team KatushaRow 81 - Cell 2
83Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 82 - Cell 2
84Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 83 - Cell 2
85Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:00:33
86Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:00:43
87Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:45
88Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky0:00:53
89Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory Racing0:01:33
90Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 89 - Cell 2
91Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 90 - Cell 2
92Martijn Keizer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 92 - Cell 2
94Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Matthias Krizek (Aut) CannondaleRow 94 - Cell 2
96Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 95 - Cell 2
97Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Nathan Brown (USA) Garmin Sharp0:02:09
99Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team EuropcarRow 99 - Cell 2
101Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La MondialeRow 101 - Cell 2
103Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 102 - Cell 2
104Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 103 - Cell 2
105Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team SkyRow 104 - Cell 2
106Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La MondialeRow 105 - Cell 2
107Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) CannondaleRow 106 - Cell 2
108Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 107 - Cell 2
109Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 109 - Cell 2
111Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:02:17
112Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr0:02:24
113Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team SkyRow 112 - Cell 2
114Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ.frRow 113 - Cell 2
115Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - QhubekaRow 114 - Cell 2
116Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 115 - Cell 2
117Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory RacingRow 116 - Cell 2
118Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 117 - Cell 2
119Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory RacingRow 118 - Cell 2
120Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 119 - Cell 2
121Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
122Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
123Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
124Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team SkyRow 123 - Cell 2
125José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
126Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-MeridaRow 125 - Cell 2
127Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto BelisolRow 126 - Cell 2
128Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 127 - Cell 2
129Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ.frRow 128 - Cell 2
130Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:37
131Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 130 - Cell 2
132Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 131 - Cell 2
133Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 132 - Cell 2
134Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenedgeRow 133 - Cell 2
135Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 134 - Cell 2
136Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 135 - Cell 2
137Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 136 - Cell 2
138Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 137 - Cell 2
139Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 138 - Cell 2
140George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale0:04:16
141Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin SharpRow 140 - Cell 2
142Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky0:04:37
143Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 142 - Cell 2
144Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 143 - Cell 2
145Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 144 - Cell 2
146Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol0:06:07
147Daniel Craven (Nam) Team Europcar0:06:13
148Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 147 - Cell 2
149Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin SharpRow 148 - Cell 2
150David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp0:06:20
151Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin SharpRow 150 - Cell 2
152Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:06:24
153Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:06:59
154Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 153 - Cell 2
155Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 154 - Cell 2
156Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 155 - Cell 2
157Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 156 - Cell 2
158Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGARow 157 - Cell 2
159Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 158 - Cell 2
160Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 159 - Cell 2
161Guillaume Boivin (Can) CannondaleRow 160 - Cell 2
162Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 161 - Cell 2
163Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 162 - Cell 2
164Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano0:08:41
165Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:09:00
166Adam Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge0:09:11
167Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 166 - Cell 2
168Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 167 - Cell 2
169Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:09:33
DNSTanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 169 - Cell 2
DNSRigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 170 - Cell 2
DNSChristian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 171 - Cell 2
DNSHaimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory RacingRow 172 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Pontedeume, km. 78,2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team4pts
2Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Arteixo, km. 171,9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka4pts
2Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano25pts
2Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin Sharp10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ.fr9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) IAM Cycling6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Combativity
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Racing Team13:18:21
2Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Lampre - MeridaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Team EuropcarRow 3 - Cell 2
5Tinkoff - SaxoRow 4 - Cell 2
6Cofidis, Solutions CréditsRow 5 - Cell 2
7Trek Factory Racing0:00:22
8Movistar TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Garmin SharpRow 8 - Cell 2
10Astana Pro TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Lotto BelisolRow 10 - Cell 2
12Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:29