Nacer Bouhanni Is For Real Winning Tour of Spain Stage 8

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ALBACETE, Spain, Aug 30, 2014 (AFP) - France's Nacer Bouhanni won his second stage of the Vuelta a Espana in controversial circumstances as he edged out Australia's Michael Matthews at the finish line of Saturday's 207km eighth stage from Baeza to Albacete. Bouhanni appeared to cut across Matthews as he surged for the line in a time of 4hr 29 mins with Slovakian Peter Sagan in third. … [Read more...]

Alessandro de Marchi Sprints To Win Tour of Spain Stage 7

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ALCAUDETE, Spain, Aug 29, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's Alessandro de Marchi sprinted home alone to win the seventh stage of the Tour of Spain on Friday as Spaniard Alejandro Valverde held the race lead. Cannondale's de Marchi, 28, shook off his three breakaway rivals with 15km to go, holding off all their attempts to catch him after the mountainous 169km ride from Alhendin to Alcaudete. … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Wins Tour of Spain Stage 6

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LA ZUBIA, Spain, Aug 28, 2014 (AFP) - Alejandro Valverde leads the Tour of Spain after producing a supreme final climb to win a star-laden finish to the 167.1km sixth stage from Benalmadena to La Zubia on Thursday. The Spaniard beat Britain's Chris Froome and compatriot Alberto Contador into second and third respectively to take the overall race lead from Australian Michael Matthews. … [Read more...]

Nacer Bouhanni Sprints To Victory At Tour of Spain

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MADRID, Aug 24, 2014 (AFP) - France's Nacer Bouhanni sprinted to victory in the 174.4km second stage of the Tour of Spain from Algeciras to San Fernando on Sunday. Bouhanni, riding for FDJ, finished in a time of 4hr 01min 32sec, just ahead of German John Degenkolb and Italy's Roberto Ferrari. Movistar's Alejandro Valverde moved into the overall lead with team-mate and race … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Bounces Back With San Sebastian Win

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain, Aug 02, 2014 (AFP) - Spain's Alejandro Valverde bounced back from his Tour de France disappointment by winning Saturday's Clasica de San Sebastian. The 34-year-old Movistar rider, who finished fourth at last month's Tour after being pushed off the podium in the final mountain stage, finished 14sec ahead of Dutchman Bauke Mollema and Spaniards Joaquim Rodriguez and … [Read more...]

Gilbert and Valverde Big Favourites At Liege-Bastogne-Liege

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LIEGE, Belgium, April 26, 2014 (AFP) - Having won the previous two Ardennes Classics, Philippe Gilbert and Alejandro Valverde come into Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege race as the clear favourites. Gilbert made a stunning attack on the final Cauberg climb to win last Sunday's Amstel Gold Race from Belgian compatriot Jelle Vanendert while Valverde timed his … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Wins His Second Fleche Wallonne

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN HUY, Belgium, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Spaniard Alejandro Valverde timed his attack to perfection on the gruelling Mur de Huy to win the Fleche Wallonne race for the second time on Wednesday. The Movistar team leader, who also won this event in 2006, passed Ireland's Daniel Martin and Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland in the final 200 metres of the 199.5km ride … [Read more...]

Contador Predicts Close Fight With Valverde

Alberto Contador held on to the lead in Vuelta a Pais Vasco, but gave 2 seconds at the finish line to Valverde, now 12 seconds behind Contador. - It would have been better not to lose time to Alejandro, but in the end the group has broken. It was a very different climb than usually because of the very strong headwind and the mediocre gradient. On the first pass I saw it and I noticed a right … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Claims Third Straight Tour of Andalusia

MADRID, Feb 23, 2014 (AFP) - Spaniard Alejandro Valverde became the first man to win three consecutive Tours of Andalusia as he extended his advantage on Sunday's fourth and final stage. Valverde finished 31 seconds ahead of Sky's Australian rider Richie Porte in second with Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez a further two seconds back in third for Caja Rural. Dutch rider Moreno Hofland … [Read more...]

Nibali, Rodriguez, Valverde Set For epic Giro d’Italia Battle

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MILAN, Oct 07, 2013 (AFP) - Italy's Vincenzo Nibali will kick off the defence of his Giro d'Italia title in 2014 with three days of racing in Northern Ireland before a "key" final week of epic racing in the high mountains. Nibali, of the Astana team, claimed his maiden pink jersey after a dramatic 2013 edition that was blighted by torrential rain, cancelled stages and a snow-hit … [Read more...]