Vuelta Stage 10: Win number 4 for John Degenkolb, Joaquin Rodriguez remains in overall lead
German still unbeatable in the sprint in this year's race, time trial tomorrow should shake up the GC
John Degenkolb of Argos-Shimano has taken his fourth stage victory of this year's Vuelta, launching his sprint from a long way out and just holding off French champion Nacer Bouhanni of FDJ-BigMat, with RadioShack-Nissan's Daniele Bennati third. Once again, Team Sky's Ben Swift failed to challenge in the finale, finishing ninth, despite his team's efforts as the stage to Sanxenxo on the Galician coast headed into its closing kilometres.
Olympic silver medallist Rigoberto Uran did a big turn, the pace causing the peloton to be strung out and some riders losing contact at the back. Despite being on the Atlantic coast, however, the wind wasn't strong enough to cause echelons to form and the men towards the top of the GC were all safely towards the front.
The route of the 190-kilometre stage from Ponteareas that saw the race resume after the transfer from Barcelona and yesterday's rest day zig-zagged along the inlets of the Atlantic coastline, the only significant obstacle being the Category 3 Alto de San Cosmo.
Ahead of that ascent, Andalucia rider Adrian Palomares and serial escapee Javier Aramendia of Caja Rural got clear of the bunch, and despite a number of other riders attacking to try and get across to them, the pair would be out alone together until they were caught with around 33 kilometres left to ride.
Orica-GreenEdge hen upped the pace at the front of the peloton, followed by Katusha then Sky, but it would be Argos-Shimano that would be celebrating another stage win for their 23-year-old German sprinter.
There was no change at the top of the overall standings today, with Katusha's Joaquin Rodriguez remaining in the leader's jersey, although Chris Froome and Alberto Contador will fancy their chances of overhauling him in tomorrow's individual time trial.
As race leader, Rodriguez will be last man out on the 39.4-kilometre course from Cambados to Pontevedra at 3.50pm UK time.
Vuelta Stage 10 Result 1 DEGENKOLB, John ARG 4h 47' 24'' 2 BOUHANNI, Nacer FDJ All at same time 3 BENNATI, Daniele RNT 4 MEERSMAN, Gianni LTB 5 CARDOSO, Manuel CJR 6 MONDORY, Lloyd ALM 7 LIGTHART, Pim VCD 8 VIGANO, Davide LAM 9 SWIFT, Ben SKY 10 VIVIANI, Elia LIQ 11 LODEWYCK, Klaas BMC 12 BALLAN, Alessandro BMC 13 PÉREZ, Rubén EUS 14 ROJAS, José Joaquin MOV 15 DAVIS, Allan OGE 16 GARCIA, Egoitz COF 17 FERNÁNDEZ, Koldo GRS 18 KREDER, Raymond GRS 19 MAASKANT, Martijn GRS 20 VAN WINDEN, Dennis RAB Last man home on Stage 10 193 RATTO, Daniele LIQ + 14' 27'' General Classification after Stage 10 1 RODRIGUEZ, Joaquin KAT 39h 32' 23'' 2 FROOME, Christopher SKY + 53'' 3 CONTADOR, Alberto STB + 1' 00'' 4 VALVERDE, Alejandro MOV + 1' 07'' 5 GESINK, Robert RAB + 2' 01'' 6 MORENO, Daniel KAT + 2' 08'' 7 ROCHE, Nicolas ALM + 2' 34'' 8 ANTON, Igor EUS + 3' 07'' 9 TEN DAM, Laurens RAB + 3' 18'' 10 MOLLEMA, Bauke RAB + 3' 27'' Points Classification after Stage 10 1 DEGENKOLB, John ARG 103 2 RODRIGUEZ, Joaquin KAT 85 3 VALVERDE, Alejandro MOV 76 4 BENNATI, Daniele RNT 66 5 BOUHANNI, Nacer FDJ 57 Mountains Classification after Stage 10 1 VALVERDE, Alejandro MOV 21 2 RODRIGUEZ, Joaquin KAT 17 3 CLARKE, Simon OGE 16 4 LIGTHART, Pim VCD 11 5 MATE, Luis Angel COF 10