Team Giant-Shimano’s John Degenkolb sprinted to victory in Córdoba yesterday to win Stage 4 of the Vuelta a España; the German rider finished the 164.7k leg from Mairena del Alcor to Córdoba in 4h 02′ 55” making it his sixth career Vuelta stage victory and Giant-Shimano’s second year of taking stage wins in all three Grand Tours, as well as the seventh Grand Tour in a row where the team have won a stage.
Degenkolb comments on his hard-won victory in oppressive heat, saying: ‘Yesterday was quite a disappointment not to hang on, but today I felt a little bit better. To handle this heat I need one or two days to adapt… It was like riding in a sauna today, it was impossible to get enough drink and ice. The team were great firstly before the climb in helping with this then after in positioning me and chasing the attacks. Birthday boy Chad especially did a fabulous job and it’s nice to make him a birthday present.It’s a long time since my last win, I counted last night and I think it I have 13 second places since winning Gent Wevelgem so it’s a big relief to be back winning.’
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