John Degenkolb was once again top of the podium at this year’s Vuelta a Espana after winning stage 12.
The day’s action took place over eight laps of a 20 kilometre circuit in Logroño in northern Spain.
It was animated by lone attacker Matthias Krizek of the Cannondale team, who burst clear clear on the opening lap.
The Austrian built up a maximum lead of nine minutes.
But on such a flat terrain the sprinter’s teams were not going to let that stand and with 12 kilometers remaining Krizek was caught.
As expected the finale was a crowd pleasing sprint to the line.
The mad dash home was marred by a crash that eliminated a number of fast men including Australian Michael Matthews and Italian Andrea Guardini and left only fifteen riders to compete in the sprint home.
Germany’s Degenkolb was lucky enough to be in front of the crash and with 200 metres to go made his move.
Despite having Belgian ace Tom Boonen snapping at his rear wheel the Giant-Shimano rider held on for his third stage victory of this year’s edition.
Italian Jacopo Guarnieri of the Astana team saw off Slovakian champion Peter Sagan for third place while there was no major change at the top of the overall standings with Alberto Contador leading fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde by 20 seconds.
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