Degenkolb doubles up in Dunkerque
Sat, 05 May 16:16:00 2012
John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) added the second stage, finishing in Montreuil-sur-Mer, to his first stage win at the Quatre Jours de Dunkerque.
The German sprinter beat Zdenek Stybar and Jerome Pineau to the line on wet cobbles after fighting through the Omega Pharma-Quick Step lead out.
Frenchman Pineau held on for third after leading out Czech Stybar at the conclusion to the 180.2km stage from Berck-sur-Mer.
Argos-Shimano led the peloton for much of the wet stage while there was a long breakaway from Rony Martias (Saur-Sojasun), Carlos Quintero (Colombia-Coldeportes), Fabien Bacquet (Auber 93) and Franck Vermeulen (Véranda Rideau-Super U).
They were 4:35 clear with 70km to go but were reeled in on the two 25.9km circuits which ended the stage - Quintero and Vermeulen staying ahead longest - with Omega Pharma-Quick Step leading the attack.
Dmitriy Gruzdev (Astana) had a lone attack late on before Omega Pharma-Quick Step began their push for the line with a kilometre to go - and Degenkolb plotted his perfect assault to win.
4 Jours de Dunkerque : Sta
1. John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos-Shimano
2. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
3. Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
4. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-BigMat
5. Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
6. Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
7. Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent.jobs-Willems Verandas
8. Egidijus Joudvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony
9. Kenny van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
10. Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La MondialeEurosport