uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

"Then  [Daniele] Bennati went and I had to go full gas and I came from the back but Degenkolb was too strong. I came a little bit closer but then he kicked again. I am okay with second, it’s all I could do today.”

Photo: Unipublic










13.09.2015 @ 23:06 Posted by Andy Pedersen

It was a short 98.8-kilometer final stage at the Vuelta a España and it all ended with the expected bunch sprint where John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) sprinted to the win ahead of Danny Van Poppel and Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC).


The first half of the stage was a ceremonial procedure until the peloton hit the circuit in the heart of Madrid, 10 laps of 5.9 kilometers, where the race immediately kicked into action. Numerous attacks kept the pace high as Trek Factory Racing, Giant-Alpecin and a few other teams hungry for the win kept everything tight and controlled.


On the final lap, everything was back together and the bunch sprint imminent. The battle for the final corner leading into a long one kilometer straightaway to the finish was fierce, and Giant-Alpecin showed its prowess is the sprint train as they led the way, while behind a scramble ensued for Degenkolb’s wheel.


“It was really, really dangerous the last 5K,” said Danny Van Poppel. “Boy [Van Poppel] helped me in the finale, and the whole team did a really good job in the front, even the climbers were really, really good. I really appreciate that even when everyone knows I am leaving the team, they still went full for me. That’s team spirit!


“The final kilometers I was in the wheel of Degenkolb, but [Daryl] Impey was next to me and I lost my position and a lot of power because I was forced to go full in the wind. Then  [Daniele] Bennati went and I had to go full gas and I came from the back but Degenkolb was too strong. I came a little bit closer but then he kicked again. I am okay with second, it’s all I could do today.”


Degenkolb paid back his team’s perfect lead-out, taking the win by over a bike length, as Danny Van Poppel narrowly edged out Drucker for second. Although the win would have been the ‘cherry on the cake’, Van Poppel was satisfied with the result after a highly successful Vuelta:


“I am happy to finish the Vuelta. Two times I have done the Tour de France and two times I have not finished, so it was a really big goal for me to finish. I also won stage 12 and now second in Madrid so for me I am very happy; it has been a very good Vuelta for me, and also for the team.”


Trek Factory Racing hit misfortune early in the three-week Grand Tour, but the team pushed it aside and rallied in a show of motivation and spirit that allowed them to trump its goals. caught up with a smiling director Dirk Demol who was more than pleased with the team’s performance, heaping praise on the team after winning three stages:


“We go home with three stage wins, two second places, and the last week we were represented in the breakaways; we were in the game every day trying to win. It was an amazing Vuelta that the boys did even though it started bad when we lost Fabian [Cancellara] and then a week later Jasper [Stuyven]. But the team stayed so motivated.


“It was great to see riders like Fränk [Schleck] and Haimar [Zubeldia] pulling in front for a sprint, that is something new for them, and I am a proud man. We came with the hope to win a stage and with ambitions for the GC, but that was over with the big crash in the first week. We kept the motivation, and we played other cards and we go home with three stage wins and two second places. I am a happy man!”



The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13

Currently no news in this list

21 years | today
33 years | today
Sungeun GU
38 years | today
49 years | today
23 years | today