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Kristian Sbaragli denied John Degenkolb today’s victory in stage 10 of the Vuelta a España, after winning a hotly contested sprint finish in Castellón de la Plana.
A messy bunch sprint at the conclusion of today’s 146.5 kilometer stage from Valencia resulted in a surprise win for the 25-year-old Italian rider, who held off a late surge from Giant-Alpecin’s Degenkolb to give the African team their latest Grand Tour victory of the season.
Meanwhile, despite missing out on a top-10 finish in today’ stage, Tom Dumoulin managed to retain his 57-second lead over Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), with Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) a further two seconds in arrears.
Sbaragli’s victory, which follows in line with that of teammate Steve Cummings’s stage win during last month’s Tour de France, now serves to underline MTN-Qhubeka’s status as a World Tour team in the making.
“It is a dream come true for me because it’s been four times in this Vuelta that I’ve tried to do my sprint and today when I crossed the finish line, I still cannot believe it,” Sbaragli said. “It is a dream for me and a dream for MTN-Qhubeka.”
Stage 10 Results
ITA 1 SBARAGLI, Kristian (MTN – QHUBEKA) 3:12:43
GER 2 DEGENKOLB, John (GIANT – ALPECIN)
ESP 3 ROJAS GIL, Jose Joaquin (MOVISTAR)
BEL 4 VAN DER SANDE, Tosh (LOTTO SOUDAL)
POR 5 GONÇALVES, José (CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA)
ITA 6 MONTAGUTI, Matteo (AG2R LA MONDIALE)
BEL 7 KEUKELEIRE, Jens (ORICA GreenEDGE)
RSA 8 IMPEY, Daryl (ORICA GreenEDGE)
BEL 9 SERRY, Pieter (ETIXX – QUICK STEP)
ITA 10 CONTI, Valerio (LAMPRE – MERIDA)
General Classification after Stage 10
NED 1 DUMOULIN, Tom (GIANT – ALPECIN) 38:34:56
ESP 2 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Joaquim (KATUSHA) + 57
COL 3 CHAVES RUBIO, Johan Esteban (ORICA GreenEDGE) + 59
ITA 4 ARU, Fabio (ASTANA) + 1:13
ESP 5 VALVERDE BELMONTE, Alejandro (MOVISTAR) + 1:17
COL 6 QUINTANA ROJAS, Nairo Alexander (MOVISTAR)
GBR 7 FROOME, Christopher (SKY) + 1:18
POL 8 MAJKA, Rafal (TINKOFF – SAXO) + 1:47
ITA 9 POZZOVIVO, Domenico (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 1:52
ESP 10 NIEVE ITURALDE, Mikel (SKY) + 2:17
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