Gilbert Triumphs At Gir d’Italia Stage 12, As Contador Extends Lead

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By Justin DAVIS Milan, May 21, 2015 (AFP) - Spain's Alberto Contador reinforced his bid for overall victory at the Giro d'Italia by snatching precious bonus seconds at the end of the 12th stage won in timely fashion by Belgian Philippe Gilbert. A day of rain and crashes on winding descents was in store for a peloton that has already suffered during 11 days of … [Read more...]

Contador Still In Pink Jersey Control, As Zakarin Wins Giro Stage 11

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Imola, Italy, May 20, 2015 (AFP) - Spain's Alberto Contador retained the lead of the Giro d'Italia after Wednesday's 11th stage won by the Katusha team's Russian rider Ilnur Zakarin. Zakarin biked in to victory alone after a long, solo breakaway on the 153km ride from Forli to Imola. Tinkoff's Contador, whose goal is to become the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the … [Read more...]

Boem Wins Giro d’Italia Stage 10, As Contador Keeps Lead

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Forlì, Italy, May 19, 2015 (AFP) - Italy's Nicola Boem of the Bardiani team won the 10th stage of the Tour of Italy on Tuesday with Spanish great Alberto Contador retaining the leader's pink jersey. Boem crossed ahead of three Italian breakaway rivals -- Matteo Busato, Alessandro Malagatu and Alan Marangoni. It was the biggest win for 25-year-old Boem since turning professional … [Read more...]

As Tiralongo Wins Giro Stage 9, Contador and Aru Battle For Lead

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San Giorgio del Sannio, Italy, May 17, 2015 (AFP) - Italian Paolo Tiralongo won the ninth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday as his Astana team leader Fabio Aru snatched back one second on race leader Alberto Contador. Veteran Tiralongo, 37, counter-attacked out of a breakaway group of 10 riders 14km from the end to catch long time lone leader Tom Jelte Slagter, who had escaped with … [Read more...]

Contador In Pink Control As Intxausti Wins Giro Stage 8

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Campitello matese, Italy, May 16, 2015 (AFP) - Despite nursing an injured shoulder, Alberto Contador protected his Giro d'Italia lead on Saturday as Spanish compatriot Benat Intxausti won the mountainous 186km eighth stage. Two days after dislocating his shoulder in a nasty crash during the sprint finish to the sixth stage, Contador was on the defensive from Fiuggi to Campitello … [Read more...]

Sagan Wins Time Trial, Takes Tour of California Yellow Jersey

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Tinkoff-Saxo’s Peter Sagan, the winningest cyclist of the Amgen Tour of California, seized the overall race lead along with the Individual Time Trial at the 10th annual race. Due to snow at Big Bear Lake on the original time trial course, the Amgen Tour of California Time Trial, presented by Lexus, moved to Santa Clarita and Six Flags Magic Mountain. The blistering fast and flat 6.6-mile … [Read more...]

Contador Survives In Pink, As Ulissi Wins Giro d’Italia Stage 7

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Fiuggi, Italy, May 15, 2015 (AFP) - Overall leader Alberto Contador gave nothing to his Giro d'Italia rivals during stage seven on Friday, a day after dislocating his shoulder in a fall, as Italy's Diego Ulissi clinched the stage victory. Lampre's Ulissi got down and kissed the tarmac after outsprinting Spain's Juan Lobato and Australian Simon Gerrans after a marathon 7hr 22min in … [Read more...]

Cavendish Survives Pouring Rain To Win Tour of California Stage 5

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Individual Time Trial on Tap at Six Flags Magic Mountain Tomorrow SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (May 14, 2015) – Huge crowds turned out in a downpour to witness another sprinter showcase at the Santa Clarita finish line for the 10th anniversary Amgen Tour of California, with Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team’s Mark Cavendish (GBR) taking his third stage win in five days of racing, making him … [Read more...]

Dislocated Shoulder Puts Contador’s Giro d’Italia In Doubt

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Castigliione della Pescaia, Italy, May 14, 2015 (AFP) - Alberto Contador's Giro d'Italia challenge has been thrown into doubt after a crash on Thursday's sixth stage won by Germany's Andre Greipel left the race leader with a dislocated shoulder. The Spaniard, who crashed during the sprint for the line but nevertheless held the overall lead, was in such pain with his left shoulder that he … [Read more...]

Sagan Heats Up The Sprinter Rivalry With Tour of California Win

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Skujins Retains Race Lead Midway through 8-Stage Race AVILA BEACH, Calif. (May 13, 2015) – Tinkoff-Saxo’s Peter Sagan (SVK), who has posted second place finishes in each of the race’s first three stages, finally earned a first place finish at today’s Stage 4 of the 10th anniversary Amgen Tour of California. The victory brings his record for career wins at the race to 12 over rival … [Read more...]