John Degenkolb looks to be unstoppable at this point as he won his fourth of the four flat sprint stages. There doesn’t seem to be a rider who can challenge the big German as he is dominating the sprints. Again, this is a “b-list” sprint group with guys like Cavendish, Kittel, Greipel, Renshaw and Matt Goss not in attendance amongst others, but Degenkolb is certainly proving that he belongs more on the elite list.
A flat, flat, flat stage in Galicia was on the menu today and it was quite a casual pace until the last 20km as the sole individual time trial looms large tomorrow. Katusha did the Lion’s share of the responsibilities controlling the pace but Orica GreenEdge looked as though they tried to split the field with about 22km to go and Sky then came on late with around 12km to go and really whipped it up dropping a couple of smaller groups, one of which contained last year’s winner Juan Jose Cobo.
Tomorrow, we’ve got the 40km TT which is going to really shed a light on who’s in competition for the second have of the race for the GC. It’s likely to produce large gaps – 2 minutes or more if you’re not on form or aren’t great at the discipline. We’ll likely see a new leader, but I’ll be very curious to see how well J-Rod can limit his losses.
Stage 10 Top Five
1. John Degenkolb (ARG)______4h47’24”
2. Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ)
3. Daniele Bennati (RNT)
4. Gianni Meersman (LOT)
5. Manuel Cardoso (CJR)
Complete Stage Standings: La Vuelta Official
Overall Classification after 10 stages
1. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)_______39h32’23″
2. Chris Froome (SKY)____________+53″
3. Alberto Contador (STB)________+1’00″
4. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)______+1’07″
5. Robert Gesink (RAB)___________+2’01″
6. Daniel Moreno (KAT)___________+2’08″
7. Nicolas Roche (ALM)___________+2’34″
8. Igor Anton (EUS)______________+3’07″
9. Laurens Ten Dam (RAB)_________+3’18″
10. Bauke Mollema (RAB)__________+3’27″
Complete GC: La Vuelta Official