Valverde Wins Fifth Stage, Porte Leads At Tour of Catalonia

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Valls, Spain, March 27, 2015 (AFP) - Spain's Alejandro Valverde claimed his second stage win in four days as Australian Richie Porte moved into the overall lead at the Tour of Catalonia on Friday. The Movistar rider came home in a time of 4hr 25min 52sec to edge out Colombian Rigoberto Uran and Italy's Paolo Tiralongo by five seconds on the 195.4 kilometre fifth stage from Alp to … [Read more...]

Fabian Cancellara Out Of Spring Classics After E3 Crash

Brussels, March 27, 2015 (AFP) - Three-time winner Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland suffered two fractured veterbrae in a crash during the E3 Harelbeke on Friday and will miss the rest of the Spring Classics. The crash, on the cobbles of the first classic of the season, also took down a couple of the other favourites, John Degenkolb and Lars Boon, although they carried on. Three … [Read more...]

Van Garderen Wins Hilly Stage 4 At Tour of Catalonia

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La Molina, Spain, March 26, 2015 (AFP) - American rider Tejay Van Garderen of the BMC team won Thursday's fourth stage of the Tour of Catalonia as Belgian Bart de Clerq took the overall leader's jersey. Van Garderen, 26, clocked 5hr 6min 36sec after the 188.4km ride between Tona and the ski resort of La Molina to finish three seconds ahead of Australian Richie Porte with Spaniard Alberto … [Read more...]

Pozzovivo Wins Stage As Rolland Moves Into Lead At Catalonia

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Girona, Spain, March 25, 2015 (AFP) - Italian Domenico Pozzovivo won the third stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Wednesday as France's Pierre Rolland took the overall lead. AG2R's Pozzovivo made a solo dart for home from a seven-man breakaway group around 2km from the finish and held off his charging companions to win by 3sec. Colombia's Rigoberto Uran took second with Dan Martin of … [Read more...]

Peter Velits To Undergo Surgery On His Left Leg

Santa Rosa, California - Slovakian national time trial champion Peter Velits will have surgery on his left leg to treat an overuse injury, the BMC Racing Team announced Monday. BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said the injury has developed over the past few months. Part of the BMC Racing Team's victorious team time trial squad at the world championships last September, … [Read more...]

Armstrong Accuser Betsy Andreu Celebrates Victory At WADA

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Lausanne, March 25, 2015 (AFP) - Betsy Andreu, one of the first people to attest disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong took banned substances, told AFP that despite him "trying to destroy" her life she felt like she had won by testifying to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Tuesday. Andreu, wife of former Armstrong team-mate and fellow doper Frankie, added that because of her and her … [Read more...]

Team Tinkoff-Saxo Manager Bjarne Riis Has Been Suspended

Copenhagen, March 24, 2015 - Bjarne Riis has been suspended as manager of Tinkoff-Saxo, the cycling team of two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador and Slovak Peter Sagan confirmed on Tuesday. Riis, 50, has not been "actively involved in the team's activities since last Sunday," the outfit confirmed. Team mambers claim the club's billionaire Russian owner Oleg Tinkov … [Read more...]

Paterski Wins The First Stage Of Tour of Catalonia

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Calella, Spain, March 23, 2015 (AFP) - Poland's Maciej Paterski won the first stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Monday as a three-man breakaway left the peloton nearly three minutes behind. Paterski edged out France's Pierre Rolland and Belgian Bart de Clerq to claim the 185.2 kilometre stage around Calella in a time of 4hr 33min 31sec. Former Tour de France winners Chris Froome and … [Read more...]

John Degenkolb Wins The Milan-San Remo One-Day Classic

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By Jean MONTOIS San Remo, Italy, March 22, 2015 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb dominated a bunch sprint to win the 106th edition of the Milan-San Remo one day classic, held over 293km, on Sunday. Degenkolb, of Team-Giant, finished nearly a bike's length ahead of defending champion Alexander Kristoff of Norway, with Australian Michael Matthews completing the podium in a time … [Read more...]

High Hopes As African Team MTN-Qhubeka Take On Tour de France Elite

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By Christophe BEAUDUFE Johannesburg, March 18, 2015 (AFP) - MTN-Qhubeka's ambitions are modest in their maiden Tour de France but team manager Douglas Ryder predicts the African outfit will be on the podium of the world's most famous cycling race within five years. The first African team to compete in the Tour de France which gets … [Read more...]