Nairo Quintana Takes Lead At Tour of Spain Stage 9

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ARAMON VALDELINARES, Spain, Aug 31, 2014 (AFP) - Colombian Winner Anacona was victorious in the ninth stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday as his compatriot Nairo Quintana moved ahead in the general classification. Anacona broke clear on the 8km, first category climb to the finish of the 185km stage from Carboneras de Guadazon to Aramon Valdelinares to move into fourth place overall … [Read more...]

Nacer Bouhanni Is For Real Winning Tour of Spain Stage 8

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ALBACETE, Spain, Aug 30, 2014 (AFP) - France's Nacer Bouhanni won his second stage of the Vuelta a Espana in controversial circumstances as he edged out Australia's Michael Matthews at the finish line of Saturday's 207km eighth stage from Baeza to Albacete. Bouhanni appeared to cut across Matthews as he surged for the line in a time of 4hr 29 mins with Slovakian Peter Sagan in third. … [Read more...]

Belgian Cycling Champion Igor Decraene Takes Own Life

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BRUSSELS, Aug 30, 2014 - Belgium world junior cycling champion Igor Decraene was found dead on Saturday after taking his own life at the age of just 18, local media press reports said. A native of Waregem in northern Belgium, Decraene killed himself not far from there at Zulte, the Belga news agency said without giving further details. The Belgian cycling federation said it was … [Read more...]

Ride The Black Line: Why Track Racing Appeals To Everyone

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by Zachary Rynew There are very few things that remain like they once were. Movies are still made replacing actors with 3D animation. Shopping malls get updated to look like the latest thing. Even sports seems to have been corporatized at every level. When I watch the Karate Kid (the one with Karate), I always sigh to think about how things were. I was approaching teenager status when … [Read more...]

Alessandro de Marchi Sprints To Win Tour of Spain Stage 7

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ALCAUDETE, Spain, Aug 29, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's Alessandro de Marchi sprinted home alone to win the seventh stage of the Tour of Spain on Friday as Spaniard Alejandro Valverde held the race lead. Cannondale's de Marchi, 28, shook off his three breakaway rivals with 15km to go, holding off all their attempts to catch him after the mountainous 169km ride from Alhendin to Alcaudete. … [Read more...]

Daryl Impey Cleared Of Doping Of Probenecid

PARIS, Aug 29, 2014 (AFP) - South African Daryl Impey has been cleared of doping and can return to competition, the ORICA-GreenEDGE rider and his Australian team confirmed on Friday. The South African, the first-ever African to wear the Tour de France's yellow jersey last year, tested positive in February for Probenecid. Impey said in a statement that he had been able to prove a … [Read more...]

Eddie Merckx In Hospital After Heart Scare

BRUSSELS, Aug 29, 2014 (AFP) - Cycling great Eddie Merckx has been hospitalised in Brussels after complaining about heart pains, Belgian newspapers reported on Friday. Het Laatste Nieuws and De Morgen said the 69-year-old Belgian had been suffering from hypertension and had lost consciousness last weekend. Merckx, known as "The Cannibal" in the prime of his cycling career in … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Wins Tour of Spain Stage 6

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LA ZUBIA, Spain, Aug 28, 2014 (AFP) - Alejandro Valverde leads the Tour of Spain after producing a supreme final climb to win a star-laden finish to the 167.1km sixth stage from Benalmadena to La Zubia on Thursday. The Spaniard beat Britain's Chris Froome and compatriot Alberto Contador into second and third respectively to take the overall race lead from Australian Michael Matthews. … [Read more...]

Scott Creates The Strongest Cycling Clothing Ever

SCOTT is proud to introduce the ITD ProTec Technology. This one of a kind blend of Carbon yarns and ceramic prints provides a fabric with very high abrasion resistance, especially in the case of high speed crashes. The SCOTT RC ProTec outfit is the very first bikewear kit featuring this technology and will be available to end-consumers in 2015. http://tinyurl.com/olbteng … [Read more...]

Tour of Spain Set For Costa del Sol Start In 2015

MADRID, Aug 28, 2014 - The Tour of Spain will start in the Costa del Sol to celebrate its 80th anniversary next year. Ahead of this year's sixth stage in Benalmadena on Thursday, organisers said that the race will start with three or four stages in the Malaga region. It is also expected that the final stage of the race will return to Madrid in 2015. The capital doesn't … [Read more...]