Sunday, August 19, 2012
John Degenkolb wins Vuelta stage
VIANA, Spain -- John Degenkolb of Germany won the second stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday, while local favorite Jonathan Castroviejo kept the red leader's jersey for the Movistar team.
Degenkolb powered in front of the pack in the final sprint to narrowly win the stage for Argos-Shimano, finishing in 4 hours, 38 minutes, 40 seconds.
Australian rider Allan Davis of Orica-Greenedge was second, followed by England's Ben Swift of Team Sky.
Temperatures reached 100 degrees during the 112-mile ride through rolling fields between Pamplona and Viana.
On Monday, the cyclists will face the first mountain stage, a 96-mile ride from Faustino V to a summit finish in the Basque town of Eibar.
The 21-stage race finishes Sept. 9 in Madrid.