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This is what it feels like to sprint for over a kilometre and win a stage of the Giro

There lad looks tired there.

Image: Gian Mattia D'Alberto/AP/Press Association Images

SO WHAT DID you achieve today? I walked to the further-away shop for the nicer coffee and read A LOT about a Scottish septuagenarian on my lunch break. I also rang the gas crowd about that whole billing thing.

This guy won a stage of the Giro ‘dItalia, meanwhile. And doesn’t he look like he worked for it?

Up-and-coming German sprinter John Degenkolb sprinted uphill for the guts of a kilometre in the Italian town of Matera to claim a famous win this evening. And then he collapsed into a heap on the side of the road. Good job.

Results: 1. John Degenkolb (GER/ARG) 4h37:48, 2. Angel Vicioso (ESP/KAT) same time, 3. Paul Martens (GER/BLA) s.t., 4. Sergio Henao (COL/SKY) s.t., 5. Matteo Trentin (ITA/OPQ) s.t., 6. Jarlinson Pantano (COL/COL) s.t., 7. Daniel Oss (ITA/BMC) s.t., 8. Jens Keukeleire (BEL/ORI) s.t., 9. Grega Bole (SLO/VAC) s.t., 10. Tanel Kangert (EST/AST) s.t., 11. Michal Golas (POL/OPQ) s.t., 12. Marco Canola (ITA/COG) s.t., 13. Jackson Rodriguez (VEN/AND) s.t., 14. Elia Viviani (ITA/CAN) s.t., 15. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/FDJ) s.t.

Selected: 21. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) s.t., 24. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN/GRM) s.t., 37. Luca Paolini (ITA/KAT) s.t., 42. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) s.t., 90. Bradley Wiggins (GBR/SKY) s.t., 127. Mark Cavendish (GBR/OPQ) 6:37

DNF: Pablo Urtasun (ESP/EUS)

General classification: 1. Luca Paolini (ITA/KAT) 19h56:39, 2. Rigoberto Uran (COL/SKY) at 17sec, 3. Benat Intxausti (ESP/MOV) 26, 4. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 31, 5. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN/GRM) 34, 6. Bradley Wiggins (GBR/SKY) s.t., 7. Giampaolo Caruso (ITA/KAT) 36, 8. Sergio Henao (COL/SKY) 37, 9. Mauro Santambrogio (ITA/FAR) 39, 10. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 42, 11. Tom Danielson (USA/GRM) s.t., 12. Robert Gesink (NED/BLA) 45, 13. Yury Trofimov (RUS/KAT) 46, 14. Giovanni Visconti (ITA/MOV) 52, 15. Ivan Santaromita (ITA/BMC) 54

Selected: 19. Samuel Sanchez (ESP/EUS) 1:18, 21. Michele Scarponi (ITA/LAM) 1:23

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