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.


Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano4:26:07
2Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge
3Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing
4Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
5Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida
6Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin Sharp
7Geoffrey Soupe (Fra)
8Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
9Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale
10Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) IAM Cycling
11Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
12Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team
13Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
14Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
15Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar
16Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
17Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar
18Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol
19Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
20Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
21Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team
22Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
23Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida
24Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
25Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano
26Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
27Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
28Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
29Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
30Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team
31Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky
32Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar
33Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN - Qhubeka
34Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo
35Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team
36Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-Merida
37David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
38Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
39Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp
40Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Belisol
41Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha
42Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:07
43Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale
44Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:16
45Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:22
46Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar
47Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team
48Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team
49Peio Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
50Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka
51Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha
52André Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp
53Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha
54Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
55Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
56Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
57Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling
58Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
59Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin Sharp
60Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha
61Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
62Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
63Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale
64Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
65Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha
66Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
67Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre-Merida
68Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida
69Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
70Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica Greenedge
71Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
72Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team
73Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha
74Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha
75Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida
76Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol
77Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
78Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol
79Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team Europcar
80Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
81Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team
82Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team Katusha
83Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
84Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
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 - Qhubeka
91Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
92Martijn Keizer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
93Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
94Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
95Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale
96Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol
97Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team
98Nathan Brown (USA) Garmin Sharp0:02:09
99Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team
100Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar
101Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
102Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale
103Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky
104Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha
105Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky
106Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale
107Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale
108Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
109Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team
110Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
111Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:02:17
112Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr0:02:24
113Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky
114Laurent Mangel (Fra)
115Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka
116Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol
117Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
118Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
119Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing
120Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida
121Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team
122Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
123Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
124Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky
125José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
126Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida
127Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol
128Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
129Cédric Pineau (Fra)
130Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:37
131Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano
132Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo
133Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
134Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica Greenedge
135Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo
136Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling
137Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling
138Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
139Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar
140George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale0:04:16
141Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin Sharp
142Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky0:04:37
143Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
144Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
145Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
146Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol0:06:07
147Daniel Craven (Nam) Team Europcar0:06:13
148Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling
149Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp
150David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp0:06:20
151Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp
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-Shimano
155Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
156Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team
157Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
158Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
159Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
160Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
161Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale
162Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
163Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
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 Greenedge
168Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica Greenedge
169Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:09:33
DNSTanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team
DNSRigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
DNSChristian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
DNSHaimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing
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Sprint 1 - Pontedeume, km. 78,2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team4pts
2Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida2
3Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing1
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Sprint 2 - Arteixo, km. 171,9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka4pts
2Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing2
3Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team1
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano25pts
2Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge20
3Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing16
4Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing14
5Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida12
6Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin Sharp10
7Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ.fr9
8Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team8
9Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale7
10Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) IAM Cycling6
11Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team5
12Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team4
13Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team3
14Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits2
15Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar1
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#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Racing Team13:18:21
2Belkin Pro Cycling Team
3Lampre - Merida
4Team Europcar
5Tinkoff - Saxo
6Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
7Trek Factory Racing0:00:22
8Movistar Team
9Garmin Sharp
10Astana Pro Team
11Lotto Belisol
12Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:29
13MTN - Qhubeka0:00:44
14Team Katusha
15Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
16Team SKY0:00:53
17Orica GreenEdge0:00:55
18Team Giant - Shimano0:01:33
19AG2R La Mondiale0:02:25
20IAM Cycling0:02:59