What we know almost halfway through the Vuelta

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Aug. 27, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM EDT
John Degenkolb has three stage wins in this Vuelta and is hunting another this week. Photo: Graham Watson |

Degenkolb is fast

John Degenkolb was one of the many young sprinters that emerged from the former High Road stable with a star next to his name. The speedy German ace won big races in his rookie season last year, including two stages at the Critérium du Dauphiné, but it wasn’t until blasting his way to three stage wins in the first week of the Vuelta that it became obvious how explosive he truly is.

Granted, with 10 mountaintop finales, the sprinters’ field isn’t the deepest in this Vuelta, but winning one stage in a grand tour is often a big success. To win three confirms that the 23-year-old is pushing closer to the sharp end of the pecking order among the top sprinters. And it’s even more impressive with how he’s managed to win. Argos-Shimano has done a good job getting him in position, but he’s been coming off the wheels of other sprinters, and doing it with an explosive acceleration that is reminiscent of his former teammate, Mark Cavendish. He could well win again Tuesday.

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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