John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) sprinted to victory at the Gent-Wevelgem spring classic today. The German rider beat Arnaud Demare (FDJ.fr) into 2nd place and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) was 3rd. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung ticked all the right boxes throughout the days racing bar the sprint finish, when misfortune again got the better of the team as a rider from Wanty – Groupe Gobert fell onto Gerald Ciolek just as the sprint opened up. Ciolek somehow managed to stay upright but lost all momentum, eventually crossing the line in 17th place. The first box was ticked though by Jaco Venter. The young South African rider slipped into the.
While Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were clearly upset after missing out on the King of the Mountains jersey earlier in the week, that did not stop the riders from giving it everything they had during the final stage 4 time trial at the Coppi e Bartali today. Dario Cataldo (Team Sky) would take the stage victory by posting a time of 16’28” while his teammate Peter Kennaugh was able to hold onto the yellow jersey and win the race overall. While a time trial does not necessarily suit our young African climbers, the 10km challenge they faced was more to their liking as there were.