Deignan delighted with hard-fought victory over Kreuziger

Philip Deignan, Daniel Martin Vuelta a Espana 2009, stage 16

When asked in a winner’s press conference how he felt about taking Ireland’s first Vuelta stage win in 21 years, Philip Deignan (Cervélo) admitted freely “it’s going to take a while to sink in!”

That’s logical, given Deignan’s stage 18 win came against a much better-known rival, Roman Kreuziger, the up-and-coming Liquigas rider who led his team in the Tour de France and who has already won the Tours of Romandie and Switzerland. Deignan’s biggest and only previous win was in the Tour de Doubs back in 2005.

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