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Spain, Sept 04, 2014 – Germany’s John Degenkolb won his third stage of the Tour of Spain as he triumphed in a sprint finish on the 166.4km 12th stage around Logrono, whilst Spain’s Alberto Contador maintained his overall lead on Thursday.
In a reduced sprint due to a crash in the closing stages, Degenkolb added to his victories in the third and fourth stages as he surged to the line ahead of BelgianTom Boonen and Italy’s Jacopo Guarnieri.
Contador stayed out of trouble to remain 20 seconds clear of compatriot Alejandro Valverde in the general classification with Britain’s 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome still 1min 20sec back in fourth.
After some demanding mountain finishes and an individual time trial on Tuesday, the forgiving flat 20.8km course around Logrono was a relief for the sprinters in the peloton.
Austrian Matthias Krizek broke clear in the first three kilometres on the first of eight laps around the course and left on his own until the last lap when the Canondale rider was caught with 12km to go.
The battle for positioning at the front of the peloton then began to form, but there was a much smaller bunch sprint than expected as a crash left the likes of Michael Matthews and Nacer Bouhanni out of contention. Degenkolb took advantage to seal his eighth career Tour of Spain stage victory after winning five times back in 2012.
Results from the Tour of Spain 12th stage: 166.4km Logrono Circuit.
1. John Degenkolb (GER/GIA) 4hr 11 min 18sec
2. Tom Boonen (BEL/OPQ) same time
3. Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA/AST) s.t.
4. Peter Sagan (SVK/CAN) s.t.
5. Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (ARG/LAM) s.t.
6. Yannick Martinez (FRA/EUC)s.t.
7. Lloyd Mondory s.t. (FRA/ALM)
8. Fabian Cancellara (SWI/TRE) s.t.
9. Jasper Stuyven (BEL/TRE) s.t.
10 Guillaume Boivin (CAN/CAN) s.t.
1. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) 44hr 38min 14sec
2. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) at 20sec
3. Rigoberto Uran (COL/OPQ) 1:08
4. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 1:20
5. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 1:35
6.Samuel Sanchez (ESP/BMC) 1:52
7. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 2:13
8. Winner Anacona (COL/LAM) 2:22
9. Robert Gesink (NED/BKN) 2:55
10. Damiano Caruso (ITA/CAN) 3:51