Tuesday 21 February 2017

Nicolas Roche finishes fourth as Kristian Sbaragli wins stage 10 of Vuelta

Published 31/08/2015 | 17:35

Nicolas Roche
Nicolas Roche

Irishman Nicolas Roche remains fourth overall in the Vuelta a Espana as Italian Kristian Sbaragli upset more established names to win stage 10 of in Castellon.

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With Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) out after Saturday's collision with an in-race motorbike, John Degenkolb was hoping for victory in the 146.6-kilometres stage from Valencia.

The remnants of the day's 40-man breakaway were swept up with 4km to go as Degenkolb's Giant-Alpecin team set the pace.

But it was Sbaragli who won the sprint to give MTN-Qhubeka another Grand Tour success, after Steve Cummings' Tour de France stage win.

German Degenkolb was second and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) of Spain third.

There was better news for Degenkolb's team-mate Tom Dumoulin, as the Dutchman kept the race leader's red jersey.

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) is 57 seconds behind in second and Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) two seconds further back in third.

Nairo Quintana is one second and one place better off than Froome.

Tuesday is a rest day, with racing resuming on Wednesday with the 138km 11th stage from Andorra la Vella to Cortals d'Encamp.

Race organisers have labelled the route as the toughest stage to ever feature in the Vuelta, with six mountain passes and "not a single moment of respite".

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