Giant Shimano sprinter John Degenkolb this afternoon opened his account in the 2014 Vuelta, proving the strongest rider in a sprint finish to Stage 4 in Cordoba from a group of no more than 50 riders.
The German, winner of five stages in the Spanish Grand Tour on his debut in the race in 2012, powered to the line ahead of IAM's Vicente Reynes, and race leader Michael Matthews of Orica-GreenEdge.
The latter, who won yesterday's stage, retains his overall lead following today's 164.7km stage from Mairena del Alcor, played out under temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius.
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