Sanxenxo, Spain –– Argos-Shimano rider John Degenkolb, the revelation of the 2012 Vuelta a España, remains untouchable in the sprint stages. The 23-year-old German continued his domination with a win Tuesday in Stage 10. It was his fourth stage victory so far in the three-week grand tour.
Once again, Degenkolb’s Argos-Shimano teammates controlled the race, setting it up for the German speedster to close it out on his Felt F1 team bike. And that’s just what he did at the end of the 190km stage along Spain’s northwestern coastline from Ponteareas to Sanxenxo.
“The team did a really good job,” Degenkolb told Cyclingnews.com after his win. “I say it every time but it’s true. I must thank the boys.”
On a route that featured just one categorized climb, the Cat. 3 Alto de San Cosme 14.5km into the race, a two-man breakaway built a lead of nearly 7 minutes. The Argos-Shimano team, along with some help from the Sky team, chased the break in the second half of the race, catching the two escapees in the 37km finishing circuit.
Degenkolb made his final move early, outsprinting Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni and Italian Daniele Bennati to keep his momentum going with his fourth Vuelta stage win. The German also leads the points competition at the midway point of the race.