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...]

Chris Froome Aiming High To Tour-Olympic Double Win

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Rio de Janeiro, Aug 5, 2016 (AFP) - Chris Froome will lead the Great Britain team as he bids to emulate the feat of decorated compatriot Bradley Wiggins when the Olympic cycling road race takes place on Saturday. Four years ago, Wiggins followed up becoming the first ever Briton to win the Tour de France by adding Olympic gold in London and later went on to be … [Read more...]

European Road Race Championships In Nice Are Cancelled

Nice, France, Aug 5, 2016 (AFP) - The European road cycling championships, which were due to be held in Nice from September 14 to 18, have been cancelled for security reasons, the French city's mayor confirmed on Friday. The announcement came just three weeks after the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice which claimed 85 lives and injured 434. Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old … [Read more...]

World Champion Peter Sagan Signs With BORA For 2017

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Berlin, Aug 1, 2016 (AFP) - Slovakia's road race world champion Peter Sagan has signed for German team BORA-Hansgrohe on a three-year deal, starting in 2017, from Russian outfit Tinkoff, his new employers announced on Monday. The 26-year-old, who won the world title in Richmond, Virginia, in 2015 and the green jersey on this year's Tour de France, has signed along with Tinkoff teammates … [Read more...]

Froome Wins Third Tour de France, Greipel Gets Stage 21

Tour de France stage 21

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, July 24, 2016 (AFP) - Britain's Chris Froome won his third Tour de France on Sunday to confirm his status as one of the all-time greats on the world's most gruelling race. Froome finished with a 4min 05sec advantage over Frenchman Romain Bardet with Nairo Quintana, the runner-up in 2013 and 2015, third. "It's an absolutely … [Read more...]

Froome Extends Lead Despite Crash, Bardet Wins Tour Stage 19

Tour de France stage 19

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Saint-Gervais, France, July 22, 2016 (AFP) - Chris Froome crashed on a slippery descent but showed grit and determination to fight on and retain his race leader's yellow jersey at the Tour de France on Friday. Romain Bardet earned the first stage victory for a Frenchman this year and moved up to second overall after taking advantage of the … [Read more...]