Germany's Degenkolb wins 4th stage at Vuelta

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Associated Press

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 9:01 AM

SANXENXO, Spain (AP) — John Degenkolb won the 10th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Tuesday for his fourth victory in this year's race.

Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain kept the overall lead on the eve of a crucial time trial.

The German rider outsprinted Nacer Bouhanni of France and Daniele Bennati of Italy to finish the 118-mile leg in 4 hours, 47 minutes, 28 seconds.

There were no changes to the overall leading group after the ride through the western province of Galicia following the first rest day in the three-week race.

Rodriguez maintained his 53-second advantage over Christopher Froome of Britain. Alberto Contador is 1 minute behind, while fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde is 1:07 back.

The individual time trial on Wednesday is expected to be key in deciding the race winner.

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