Degenkolb wins stage in Arctic Race, GC victory for Moscon
Aug 15 2016 01:08 am CET

Degenkolb wins stage in Arctic Race, GC victory for Moscon
Degenkolb wins stage in Arctic Race, GC victory for Moscon

German John Degenkolb has won the final stage of the Arctic Race of Norway, his first victory since January's training accident. Gianni Moscon secured the overall win.

The final stage was relatively flat and always likely to end in a mass sprint. It took significant time for the first attack to have relative success as it wasn't until after 100km that a group of five rode away from the peloton and created a gap of up to two minutes.

The peloton was always in control however and caught the escapees with about two kilometers to go.

In the final meters, which were slightly uphill, Giant-Alpecin's Degenkolb proved to have the better legs and finished ahead of home rider Alexander Kristoff and Arnaud Demare.

The top five was completed by Dutchmen Moreno Hofland and Danny van Poppel.

The victory is Degenkolb's first since being involved in a serious training crash in Calpe, Spain, in January. The German almost lost a finger in the accident and has had to get used to four-fingered bike handling.

In the General Classification, Sky rider Gianni Moscon never saw his lead threatened and secured his final victory with a 15-second advantage over IAM Cycling's Stef Clement, who is yet to find a team for next season. Italian Oscar Gatto of Tinkoff finishes in third position.



Image: Arctic Race of Norway logo.





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