MTN Qhubeka Rider Sbaragli Continues Magically Team Season At Vuelta

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Castellon, Spain, Aug 31, 2015 (AFP) - Italian Kristian Sbaragli claimed his first Grand Tour victory in a sprint finish to Monday's 10th stage of Spain's Vuelta. The MTN Qhubeka rider beat the pre-stage favourite, Germany's John Degenkolb, into second place with Spain's Jose Joaquin Rojas third to win the 146.6km ride from Valencia to Castellon in a time of 3hr 12min 43sec. There … [Read more...]

Dumoulin Pips Froome To Win Vuelta Stage Nine, Takes Overall Lead

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Cumbre del Sol, Spain, Aug 30, 2015 (AFP) - Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin edged out Chris Froome in a frantic finale to claim victory and the overall race lead on the ninth stage of Spain's Vuelta on Sunday. The Giant-Alpecin rider accelerated past Froome on the final 100m of a category one climb to the finish of the 168.3km stage from Torrevieja to Cumbre del Sol to win in a time of 4hr … [Read more...]

Sagan Withdraws As The Vuelta Casualty List Grows

Madrid, Aug 30, 2015 (AFP) - Slovakian rider Peter Sagan has become the latest high-profile withdrawal from Spain's Vuelta after being hit by an auxiliary motorcycle during Saturday's eighth stage. Sagan, who had ended a two-year drought without a Grand Tour win on stage three, looked set to challenge for another stage victory and held the green points jersey until the incident took … [Read more...]

Boeckmans In An “Induced Coma” After Vuelta Crash

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Madrid, Aug 30, 2015 (AFP) - Belgian rider Kris Boeckmans will remain in an induced coma for the next few days according to his Lotto Soudal team after being one of a number of riders badly injured in a crash-riden stage eight of Spain's Vuelta. "The 28-year-old rider has a severe facial trauma with several fractures, he'll probably need surgery," Lotto Soudal said in a statement. … [Read more...]

Stuyven Wins Crash-Dominated Vuelta 8th Stage

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By Kieran CANNING Murcia, Spain, Aug 29, 2015 (AFP) - Belgian Jasper Stuyven took victory despite suffering a broken bone in his wrist on the eighth stage of Spain's Vuelta on a day dominated by high-profile crashes. Ireland's Dan Martin, who was lying third in the overall classification overnight, and American Tejay van Garderen were forced to withdraw from … [Read more...]

Lindeman Wins Vuelta Stage 7 As Froome Struggles In Heat

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Alto de Capileira, Spain, Aug 28, 2015 (AFP) - Dutch rider Bert Jan Lindeman won Friday's seventh stage of Spain's Vuelta at La Alpujarra summit during a first stage in the mountains which proved gruelling for Britain's Chris Froome. The Lotto-Jumbo rider withstood the searing Andalusian heat, powering ahead of Belarusian Ilia Koshevoy of Lampre and Italy's Fabio Aru of Astana at … [Read more...]

Chaves Claims Vuelta Stage 6, And Regains Overall Lead

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By Kieran CANNING Sierra de Cazorla, Spain, Aug 27, 2015 (AFP) - Colombia's Esteban Chaves regained the lead of Spain's Vuelta by claiming his second victory of the race in Thursday's sixth stage. Chaves attacked for the line with just over two kilometres left on the 200.3km ride from Cordoba to Sierra de Cazorla to take victory from Ireland's Dan Martin and … [Read more...]

Aussie Ewan Claims Landmark Vuelta Win, Dumoulin Gets Lead

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alcala de Guadaira, Spain, Aug 26, 2015 (AFP) - Caleb Ewan celebrated the biggest win of his career on Wednesday, the 21-year-old Australian claiming the fifth stage of Spain's Vuelta with Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin the new overall leader. Ewan, tackling his debut Vuelta, prevailed in a dash for the line after a 167.5 kilometre ride from Rota to Alcala de Guadaira. His teammate, … [Read more...]

Rein Taaramäe Joins Team Katusha For 2016 Season

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Team Katusha is happy to announce the signing of an agreement with the Estonian rider Rein Taaramäe. Taaramäe (28) is a born stage tour rider being a good climber as well as a good time trial rider. Last month he won the Overall Classification in his last two stage races, the Tour of Burgos and the Arctic Race of Norway. Rein Taaramäe also has a Vuelta stage win (2011), two national road titles … [Read more...]

Ryder Hesjedal Joins Trek Factory Racing As GC Leader

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Trek Factory Racing is proud to announce the signing of 2012 Giro d’Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal. Hesjedal joins the team as a General Classification leader, notably for Italy’s Grand Tour, which holds a special place in the heart of the 34-year-old Canadian. He finished fifth in the latest edition of the race. Hesjedal: “I am very excited about this. Trek’s management and I are on … [Read more...]