Madrid, Spain -- Argos-Shimano rider John Degenkolb put the finishing touches on an incredible performance at the Vuelta a España Sunday, winning his fifth stage in the season’s final three-week grand tour. With the win, Degenkolb became the first German to win five stages at the Vuelta, beating André Greipel’s record of four that he set in 2009.
In Sunday’s final stage, a 115km ride from Cercedilla to Madrid that was hotly contested by the sprinters’ teams, the Argos-Shimano team rose to the occasion once again, setting their man up to unleash his unbeatable closing speed. The 23-year-old German powered past Italians Ella Viviani and Daniele Bennati on his Felt F1, putting an exclamation point on his incredible Vuelta.
“I’m really unbelievably happy with five victories,” Degenkolb told Cyclingnews.com after his win. “As the first German to take five stages of the Vuelta, it’s good to be making history, too.”