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

Vuelta Espana 2016 - stage-14

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

Vuelta Espana 2016 - stage-13

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...]

Keukeleire Wins Stage 12 Sprint, Quintana Keeps Vuelta Lead

Vuelta Espana 2016 - stage-12

Bilbao, Spain, Sept 1, 2016 (AFP) - Belgium's Jens Keukeleire won a bunch sprint to clinch the 12th stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Thursday as Nairo Quintana retained the overall lead. The 193.2km hilly race to Basque city Bilbao allowed Colombian Quintana and second-placed Chris Froome to take a backseat ahead of Saturday's trip into the Pyrenees, where they're likely to resume … [Read more...]

Froome Wins Vuelta Stage 11, As Quintana Still Holds Overall Lead

Vuelta Espana 2016 - stage-11

Peña Cabarga, Espagne, Aug 31, 2016 (AFP) - Chris Froome pipped Nairo Quintana to victory on the summit finish of the 11th stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday, but the Colombian held onto his overall lead. Britain's Froome, aiming to become the first man to win both the Tour de France and Vuelta in the same year since 1978, continued his fascinating shootout with Quintana after the … [Read more...]

Quintana Storms To A Stage 10 Win, And Vuelta Overall Lead

Vuelta Espana 2016 - stage-10

Lagos de Covadonga, Spain, Aug 29, 2016 (AFP) - Colombian Nairo Quintana moved back into the leader's red jersey of the Tour of Spain with a stunning ascent to win Monday's 10th stage. Chris Froome battled back after being dropped early in the 12.2km special category climb to the end of the 188.7km ride from Lugones to Lagos de Covadonga to finish third on the stage and move up to third in … [Read more...]

De la Cruz Surprises Everyone With Vuelta Stage 9 Win, Race Lead

Vuelta Espana 2016 - stage-9

Oviedo, Spain, Aug 28, 2016 (AFP) - Spanish rider David de la Cruz won stage nine and claimed the overall lead of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday with a decisive attack 500 meters from the line. De la Cruz beat out Belgian Dries Devenyns and Italy's Moreno Moser in a time of 3hrs 47min 56sec on the 164.5km stage from Cistierna to Oviedo. The general classification favorites including … [Read more...]

Contador Crashes, Van Genechten Wins Stage, Atapuma Keeps Lead

Vuelta Espana 2016 - stage-7

Puebla de Sanabria , Spain, Aug 26, 2016 (AFP) - Jonas van Genechten timed his sprint perfectly to win stage seven of the Vuelta a Espana, the biggest triumph in his career, while Alberto Contador crashed in a chaotic finale on Friday. Italian Daniele Bennati of Tinkoff finished second behind the Belgian IAM Cycling rider, who won in a time of three hours, 55 minutes and 44 seconds, while … [Read more...]

Meersman Grabs His 2nd Stage Win at Vuelta Stage 5

Vuelta Espana 2016 - stage-5

Lugo, Spain, Aug 24, 2016 (AFP) - Belgian Gianni Meersman won stage five of the Vuelta on Wednesday, his second victory after triumphing on stage two, both wins coming on flat terrain. Meersman won the sprint finish in the 171.3km stage from Viveiro to Lugo in a time of 4hr 16min 42sec, while Colombian Darwin Atapuma retained the overall lead. Etixx-Quick Step rider Meersman finished … [Read more...]

Calmejane Takes Stage, Atapuma Takes Vuelta Stage 4

Vuelta Espana 2016 - stage-4

San Andres de Teixido, Spain, Aug 23, 2016 (AFP) - Frenchman Lilian Calmejane claimed his first ever professional stage win by breaking clear on a steep category two climb at the end the fourth stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Tuesday. Calmejane finished the 163.5km ride from Betanzos to San Andres de Teixido in a time of 4hr 05min 19sec, ahead of Colombia's Darwin Atapuma who takes over the … [Read more...]

Gianni Meersman Wins Vuelta Stage 2 In Bunch Sprint

Vuelta Espana 2016 - stage-2

Baiona, Spain, Aug 21, 2016 (AFP) - Belgium's Gianni Meersman claimed victory in a bunch sprint on the second stage of the Vuelta on Sunday.Meersman, of the Etixx-Quick Step team, edged Britain's Scott Thwaites and Denmark's Magnus Cort-Nielsen to the line on the 160.8km stage from Ourense to Baiona in a time of four hours, 16 minutes and 39 seconds. Poland's Sky rider Michal Kwiatkowski … [Read more...]