La Vuelta: Heating Up & Cooling Off

Degenkolb scores!

Today's stage two of the Vuelta a Espana was won by the Argos-Shimano German sprinter, John Degenkolb.

Second day of high heat (late 30s C), the riders kept the pace relatively low until the last few kilometres when Degenkolb drove passed Allan Davis (Orica-GreenEDGE) and Ben Swift (SKY) for the honors. Degenkolb commented that the team's minimum goal was to win a stage ... mission accomplished. No change on the GC as Jonathan Castroviejo has the Roja Jersey.

And, with the Vuelta certain to have another scorcher stage... can there be relief for the riders? The answer is Yes! Today, organizers allowed the riders to drink towards the end of the stage.

Here's the always entertaining Orica-GreenEDGE Backstage Pass with tips on how their riders cool off before and after Saturday's team time trial. Many teams used the smart ice vest. Let's hope the ice machine doesn't break down!

Tomorrow's stage 3 will be extra entertaining, test for the climbers, the first mountain stage a 155km adventure from Faustino V to a summit finish in the Basque town of Elbar.

Full Results.

41C in Pamplona!
Neil Stephens with special guest... Big Mig!