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Degenkolb won four stages and his first points classification win at a grand tour. Cor Vos photo.

Team Giant-Shimano Concludes Successful Vuelta a España!

September 15, 2014

Team Giant-Shimano wrapped up a successful effort at the Vuelta a España Sunday, securing the green points leader’s jersey for sprinter John Degenkolb and a top-10 finish for its general classification man Warren Barguil.

The entire team pitched in to produce a thrilling three weeks of racing at the final grand tour of the season. From the opening team time trial to the final stage in Santiago de Compostela, the team battled through heat, rain and mountainous terrain to score stage wins and a high overall placing.

Degenkolb collected four stage wins on his Propel Advanced SL, while Barguil rode his TCR Advanced SL to a solid eighth overall.

“Usually teams come to a grand tour with a goal for stages or a GC position, but we came here with both,” said Team Giant-Shimano coach Lionel Marie. “This meant everyone had to work hard every day. The guys were either pulling on the front for a sprint or riding to support Warren, and they did a great job, the whole team.”

For Degenkolb, winning the points jersey battle was a first for him at a grand tour.

“It’s very unique for me,” said the German. “It’s been another very beautiful Vuelta. The green jersey is a great reward for the whole team.”

Barguil had an impressive Vuelta, capping it off with a strong sixth place ride in the final mountain stage on Saturday. The 22-year-old Frenchman had to battle through some pain to lock up his top-10 standing at the end of three weeks.

“I nearly abandoned the stage early on,” Barguil said of Saturday's mountain stage. “I had pain in my knee yesterday after hitting it in the convoy but I thought that it would be fine and didn’t want to show others I was in pain as that would have given them the opportunity to attack me. Fortunately I could count on my team who helped me.”