Aussie Simon Gerrans Promises More Future One-Day Fireworks

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 29, 2014 (AFP) - Simon Gerrans may have missed out on the world champion's rainbow jersey but he promised that the three World Championship medallists would continue battling in one-day classics over the years to come. Australia's Gerrans was beaten into second in Ponferrada, Spain by Poland's first ever world champion, Michal … [Read more...]

Michal Kwiatkowski Becomes Poland’s First World Champion

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 28, 2014 (AFP) - Michal Kwiatkowski timed his breakaway to perfection to make history as the first Polish rider to win the men's road race world title on Sunday. Following a 254km race in torrid, wet conditions, Australia's Simon Gerrans won a six-man sprint for second ahead of Spain's Alejandro Valverde, third for the third year in … [Read more...]

Missing Le Tour Helped Bradley Wiggins Win World ITT

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 24, 2014 (AFP) - Bradley Wiggins said that his exclusion from Sky's Tour de France team in July had a silver lining as it enabled him to dethrone Tony Martin at the world timetrial championships. The Olympic champion had twice before finished runner-up to the German -- in 2011 and 2013 -- but he finished 26sec clear of Martin on the … [Read more...]

Olympic Champ Bradley Wiggins Adds World Time-Trial Title

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 24, 2014 (AFP) - Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins ended Tony Martin's three-year reign by winning the world time-trial title in Ponferrada, Spain on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Briton, the Tour de France champion in 2012, had twice finished second to Martin in 2011 and 2013, but he finally landed his first world title. … [Read more...]

Team BMC Pro Cycling Delivers The World TTT Title Upset

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 21, 2014 (AFP) - BMC led by American star Tejay Van Garderen upset the favourites including reigning champions Omega-Pharma Quick-Step to win the men's team timetrial world title in Ponferrada on Sunday. Although finishing with just four of their original six-man team -- the minimum requirement -- the American team got … [Read more...]

Time Running Out For Valverde To Bag The Big One

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 20, 2014 (AFP) - Alejandro Valverde will have his work cut out if he is to end years of near misses and finally land the world title on home soil next week. The 34-year-old Spaniard will be one of the favourites at the World Championships in Ponferrada but time is running out for the 2009 Vuelta a Espana winner to finally claim … [Read more...]

Jens Voigt Breaks Cycling’s Iconic Hour Record At 51.115K

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PARIS, Sept 18, 2014 (AFP) - Germany's Jens Voigt on Thursday lowered cycling's hour record, covering 51.115 kilometres at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen. Voigt, who turned 43 on Wednesday, bettered by 1,415 metres the previous mark of 49.700km set by Ondrej Sosenka of the Czech Republic in 2005 in Moscow. Prior to Sosenka, the record was held by British Olympic champion Chris … [Read more...]

Contador’s Vuelta Victory Sets Up Thrilling 2015 Tour

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, Sept 15, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador's Vuelta a Espana victory was not just significant for this season but also helps to set up a potentially thrilling 2015 Tour de France. As long as no-one suffers any debilitating injuries, next season's Tour de France could see the three reigning Grand Tour winners lining up alongside … [Read more...]

From Broken Leg To Triumph, Contador’s Vuelta Comeback

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, Sept 14, 2014 (AFP) - When Alberto Contador climbed off his bicycle in floods of tears on the 10th stage of July's Tour de France, his season seemed to be over. The popular Spaniard had built his entire campaign around aiming to dethrone Chris Froome at the Grand Boucle and win the world's greatest cycle race for a third … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Closes In On 2014 Tour of Spain Title

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PUERTO DE ANCARES, Spain, Sept 13, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador is on the brink of claiming a third Tour of Spain victory after winning Saturday's 20th and penultimate stage over 185.7km from Santo Estevo de Ribas to Puerto de Ancares. With only Sunday's 9.7km timetrial left, Contador is virtually certain to claim overall victory in Santiago de … [Read more...]