Tinkoff-Saxo’s “Three Grand Tours” Proposal With €1 million Bonus

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Tinkoff-Saxo is convinced the idea to have the world's best four riders compete head-to-head in the three Grand Tours will be beneficial to the sport of cycling. Right now, all teams have the unique opportunity to take the challenge and shape their team and riders programs accordingly. What if the world's best riders battled it out against each other in all three Grand Tours in 2015? What … [Read more...]

Contador’s Vuelta Victory Sets Up Thrilling 2015 Tour

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, Sept 15, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador's Vuelta a Espana victory was not just significant for this season but also helps to set up a potentially thrilling 2015 Tour de France. As long as no-one suffers any debilitating injuries, next season's Tour de France could see the three reigning Grand Tour winners lining up alongside … [Read more...]

From Broken Leg To Triumph, Contador’s Vuelta Comeback

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, Sept 14, 2014 (AFP) - When Alberto Contador climbed off his bicycle in floods of tears on the 10th stage of July's Tour de France, his season seemed to be over. The popular Spaniard had built his entire campaign around aiming to dethrone Chris Froome at the Grand Boucle and win the world's greatest cycle race for a third … [Read more...]

No World Championship For Alberto Contador In 2014

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, Sept 14, 2014 (AFP) - Tour of Spain leader Alberto Contador has ruled out competing at the world championships in his home country a week from now despite being picked for the Spanish team. Speaking after his victory in the 20th and penultimate stage of the Vuelta a Espana, a result which virtually assured him of overall … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Closes In On 2014 Tour of Spain Title

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PUERTO DE ANCARES, Spain, Sept 13, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador is on the brink of claiming a third Tour of Spain victory after winning Saturday's 20th and penultimate stage over 185.7km from Santo Estevo de Ribas to Puerto de Ancares. With only Sunday's 9.7km timetrial left, Contador is virtually certain to claim overall victory in Santiago de … [Read more...]

Contador Included In Preliminary World Championships Squad

CANGAS, Spain, Sept 12, 2014 (AFP) - Vuelta a Espana leader Alberto Contador has been included in Spain's preliminary squad for the world championship road race in Ponferrada, northern Spain, later this month. Contador had indicated earlier in the week that he would sit out the event on September 28. "The world championship course is not in any way suited to my style and I … [Read more...]

Adam Hansen Wins Tour of Spain Stage 19 With Perfect Attack

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN CANGAS, Spain, Sept 12, 2014 (AFP) - Australian Adam Hansen timed his attack to perfection to win the 180.5km 19th stage of the Vuelta a Espana from Salvaterra do Mino to Cangas do Morrazo on Friday. The 33-year-old Lotto-Belisol rider took off with just over 4km remaining and held off a charging peloton to win by 5sec to German John Degenkolb and … [Read more...]

Chris Froome and Alberto Contador Battle On Tour of Spain Stage 18

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MONTE CASTROVE, Spain, Sept 11, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's Fabio Aru sprinted to victory in Thursday's 18th stage of the Tour of Spain as Briton Chris Froome closed in on overall race leader Alberto Contador of Spain. Astana rider Aru, already winner at altitude on the 11th stage at San Miguel de Aralar, benefited on the final sprint from the support of Sky team leader Froome, who clawed … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Holds Lead At Tour of Spain Stage 17

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Stage 17 of Vuelta a España was concluded in a bunch sprint without changes in the overall classification after 190.7 kilometers of racing in the undulating terrain of Galicia. Tinkoff-Saxo and team leader Alberto Contador got through the stage safely and saved as much energy as possible for the final four stages of Vuelta a España. Sport director Steven de Jongh was happy with the outcome. … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Wins Stage 16, Extends Lead At Tour of Spain

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LA FARRAPONA , Spain, Sept 08, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador moved a huge step closer to his third Tour of Spain victory as he saw off Britain's Chris Froome to win a gruelling 160.5 km stage from San Martin del Rey Aurelio to La Farrapona on Monday. Contador's first stage victory of the race in a time of 4hr 53min 35sec took his overall lead to 1min 36sec over compatriot Alejandro … [Read more...]