Vuelta a España – Stage 21 – Degenkolb with 5 wins, Valverde claims green

John Degenkolb has won his record fifth stage of the Vuelta a España with another dominant fast-finish performance on the final day. Relevant to that, and as you can see over Degenkolb’s left shoulder, Alejandro Valverde wasn’t shy to join in the sprint and he finished sixth, snatching both the Green jersey and Combined jersey from Rodriguez on the final finish line of the race. Valverde was not as strong as Contador and Rodriguez this race, but he was very good, and you can add intelligent and ruthless. He finishes the race with 2 wins (three if you include the TTT), 2 second, 3 third , 2 fourth, 1 fifth, 2 sixths, and a tenth for 14 top ten finishes out of 21 stages. The debate will rage on whether the Green jersey should be a “points” jersey or a “sprinter’s” jersey and perhaps in the Vuelta which has a “Combined” Jersey that debate is even more relevant.

Simon Clarke…call me maybe… wins the mountains jersey for his Orica GreenEdge team. Movistar takes the team prize.

Stage 21 Top Six
1. John Degenkolb (ARG)____2h44’57”
2. Elia Viviani (LIQ)
3. Daniele Bennati (RNT)
4. Allan Davis (OGN)
5. Koldo Fernandez (EUS)
6. Alejandro Valverde

2012 Vuelta a España Final Top Ten
1. Alberto Contador (STB)______84h59’49”
2. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)____+1’16”
3. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)_____+1’37”
4. Chris Froome (SKY)__________+10’16”
5. Daniel Moreno (KAT)_________+11’29″
6. Robert Gesink (RAB)_________+12’23″
7. Andrew Talansky (GRM)_______+13’28″
8. Laurens Ten Dam (RAB)_______+13’41″
9. Igor Anton (EUS)____________+14’01″
10. Benat Intxausti (MOV)______+16’13”

Final Points Jersey
1. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)___199pts
2. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)____193
3. Alberto Contador (STB)_____161

Final Combined Jersey
1. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)__8
2. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)___8
3. Alberto Contador (STB)____10

Final Mountains Jersey
1. Simon Clarke (OGN)_______63
2. David de la Fuenta (CJR)_40
3. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)__36

Final Team Classification
1. Movistar______254h52’49”
2. Euskaltel_________+9’40”
3. AG2R La Mondiale__+20’19”

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