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

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...]

Przemyslaw Niemiec Wins, Contador Lead Cut At Tour of Spain Stage 15

LAGOS DE COVADONGA, Spain, Sept 07, 2014 (AFP) - Poland's Przemyslaw Niemiec won the 15th stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday as Alejandro Valverde cut fellow Spaniard Alberto Contador's overall lead. Niemiec was part of an early breakaway group and held on for his first Grand Tour stage victory in a time of 4hr 11min 09sec over the 152.2km ride from Oviedo to Lagos de Covadonga. … [Read more...]

Ryder Hesjedal Squeeks Out A Win At Tour of Spain Stage 14

LA CAMPERONA, Spain, Sept 06, 2014 (AFP) - Canada's Ryder Hesjedal pipped Swiss rider Oliver Zaugg in a brutal climb to the finish line to win the 14th stage of the Vuelta a Espana as Alberto Contador extended his overall lead on Saturday. Zaugg looked to have the stage victory wrapped up when he broke away from the leading group with two kilometres of the 8.3km climb to the end of … [Read more...]

Dani Navarro Wins Tour of Spain Stage 13th

OBREGON, Spain, Sept 05, 2014 (AFP) - Spain's Dani Navarro claimed his first Grand Tour stage victory as he won the 188.7km 13th stage of the Vuelta a Espana from Belorado to Obregon on Friday as compatriot Alberto Contador retained his overall lead. Navarro make a break on the short climb to the finish line through Parque de Cabarceno with little over two kilometres to go and had just … [Read more...]

John Degenkolb Wins Third Tour of Spain Stage

LOGROóO, Spain, Sept 04, 2014 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb won for the third time on the Tour of Spain as he triumphed in a sprint finish on the 166.4km 12th stage around Logrono, whilst Spain's Alberto Contador maintained his overall lead on Thursday. In a reduced sprint due to a crash in the closing stages, Degenkolb added to his victories in the third and fourth stages as he … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Takes Tour of Spain Lead On Stage 10

BORJA, Spain, Sept 02, 2014 (AFP) - Two-time Tour of Spain winner Alberto Contador took the overall lead in this year's edition on Tuesday as German Tony Martin won the 10th stage, a 36.7-kilometre time-trial. Contador, 31 and who finished fourth, 39 seconds slower than triple time-trial world champion Martin, replaced Colombian rider Nairo Quintana in the overall leader's red … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Scales Down Vuelta GC Expectations

Jerez de la Frontera, 22nd of August – 2014 Today, Alberto Contador appeared at a press conference before the start of the Tour of Spain in which he said that his expectations are very modest after what happened to him in the Tour and how little he’s been training before coming here. “Of course I will try not to lose time in the first days, only if I lose time, it will be time to change … [Read more...]

A Fit Again Alberto Contador To Race Tour of Spain

PARIS, Aug 14, 2014 - Alberto Contador, who was forced out of the Tour de France on Bastille Day with a broken shinbone, intends to start the Tour of Spain after all, he announced on Thursday. At the end of July Contador had ruled himself out of the Vuelta, which begins on August 23 in Jerez, having crashed hard on a descent and suffered the injury which ended his hopes of a third Tour … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Will Not Race Vuelta a Espana

SAINT-LARY, France, July 23, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador admitted Wednesday that he will not be able to compete at the Vuelta a Espana, which begins on August 23. The Spaniard was forced out of the Tour de France just over a week ago on Bastille Day. The two-time Tour winner crashed hard on a descent and suffered a broken shinbone. He had hoped to join fellow former Tour … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador To Avoid Surgery On Broken Shinbone

BESANéON, France, July 16, 2014 (AFP) - Former two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will not undergo an operation to repair his broken shinbone, he said in a statement. Contador crashed badly on a descent during Monday's tough mountainous stage from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles and was forced to quit the Tour in tears and pain shortly afterwards. There had … [Read more...]