Anti-Doping System Open To Abuse Says Chris Froome

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London, Sept 27, 2016 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Chris Froome has responded to the drug-taking controversy surrounding Bradley Wiggins by claiming sport's anti-doping rules are open to abuse. Froome took to Twitter to vent about the issues with doping controls after two officially approved Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) earlier in his career were revealed by hackers earlier this … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador To Join Team Trek-Segafredo For 2017

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Madrid, Sept 15, 2016 (AFP) - Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will join ambitious US team Trek-Segafredo next year from current side Tinkoff as he targets a hat-trick in cycling's most prestigious race. "I am thrilled about the opportunity that is in front of me. Trek-Segafredo is a very attractive and ambitious project that really inspires me," the 33-year-old Spaniard said … [Read more...]

Quintana Gets A Little Revenge On Froome With A Vuelta Win

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By Kieran CANNING Madrid, Sept 11, 2016 (AFP) - Colombia's Nairo Quintana held off Tour de France champion Chris Froome to win the Vuelta a Espana in Sunday's traditional procession around Madrid. Quintana beat out Froome for the first time in five Grand Tours when both have finished the race by 1min 23sec with another Colombian Esteban … [Read more...]

Quintana Holds Off Froome To Virtually Secure Vuelta Win

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Alto de Aitana, Spain, Sept 10, 2016 (AFP) - Colombian Nairo Quintana kept Tour de France champion Chris Froome at bay to virtually seal the Vuelta a Espana on Saturday with just Sunday's procession around the streets of Madrid to come. Froome, aiming to become the first man in 38 years to do the Tour-Vuelta double, applauded as Quintana crossed the line on the 193.2km stage from Benidorm to … [Read more...]

Froome Storms To Time Trial Victory, Cuts Quintana Vuelta Lead

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Calpe, Spain, Sept 9, 2016 (AFP) - Tour de France winner Chris Froome maintained his outside hopes of winning the Vuelta a Espana by romping to victory in Friday's 19th stage time trial and cutting race leader Nairo Quintana's advantage to 1min 21sec. Froome finished the 37km route from Javea to Calpe in 46min 33sec to claim his second stage win of the race, 2min 16sec ahead of Colombia's … [Read more...]

Quintana Keeps Vuelta Lead, As Frank Wins Stage 17

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Llucena, Spain, Sept 7, 2016 (AFP) - Switzerland's Mathias Frank conquered a grueling summit finish to win Wednesday's 17th stage of the Vuelta a Espana as overall leader Nairo Quintana remained comfortably ahead of Chris Froome. Frank was part of a large group of escapees who burst free of the peloton early into the 177.5-kilometer stage from Castellon, with the IAM Cycling rider pulling … [Read more...]

Drucker Wins 16th Vuelta Stage, Quintana Maintains Lead

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Peñíscola, Spain, Sept 5, 2016 (AFP) - Luxembourg's Jean-Pierre Drucker claimed victory on a rare day for the sprinters at the Vuelta a Espana Monday as Nairo Quintana retained his commanding lead over Chris Froome in the general classification. The BMC rider claimed the 156.4km 16th stage from Alcaniz to Peniscola in a time of 3hrs 21mins 18secs ahead of German duo Rudiger Selig and … [Read more...]

Quintana Catches Froome Sleeping To take Huge Vuelta Lead

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Aramon Formigal, Spain, Sept 4, 2016 (AFP) - Nairo Quintana took a huge step towards sealing his second Grand Tour win by extending his overall lead to 3mins 37secs over Chris Froome on Sunday's 15th stage of the Vuelta a Espana. Quintana and three-time Vuelta winner Alberto Contador formed part of an early breakaway group on the short, hilly 118.5km stage from Sabinanigo to Aramon Formigal … [Read more...]

Gesink Wins Vuelta Queen Stage 14, Froome, Quintana Eye Lead

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Aubisque, France, Sept 3, 2016 (AFP) - Dutch rider Robert Gesink claimed the queen 14th stage of the Tour of Spain on Saturday as Chris Froome held off a series of attacks by race leader Nairo Quintana. Gesink, who missed the Tour de France in July after suffering a head trauma and memory loss due to a heavy crash in the Tour of Switzerland, crossed the line in a time of 5hrs 43min 24secs to … [Read more...]

Conti Wins Vuelta 13th Stage As Quintana Retains Lead

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Urdax, Spain, Sept 2, 2016 (AFP) - Italy's Valerio Conti won the longest stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Friday as the main favourites enjoyed a leisurely ride in the sun. The 213.4km course from Bilbao to Urdax near the French border was dominated by a 12-strong breakaway, with Conti pulling clear in the final 20km to come home alone. Colombia's Nairo Quintana retained the race … [Read more...]