Aussie Simon Gerrans Promises More Future One-Day Fireworks

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 29, 2014 (AFP) - Simon Gerrans may have missed out on the world champion's rainbow jersey but he promised that the three World Championship medallists would continue battling in one-day classics over the years to come. Australia's Gerrans was beaten into second in Ponferrada, Spain by Poland's first ever world champion, Michal … [Read more...]

Michal Kwiatkowski Becomes Poland’s First World Champion

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 28, 2014 (AFP) - Michal Kwiatkowski timed his breakaway to perfection to make history as the first Polish rider to win the men's road race world title on Sunday. Following a 254km race in torrid, wet conditions, Australia's Simon Gerrans won a six-man sprint for second ahead of Spain's Alejandro Valverde, third for the third year in … [Read more...]

Time Running Out For Valverde To Bag The Big One

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 20, 2014 (AFP) - Alejandro Valverde will have his work cut out if he is to end years of near misses and finally land the world title on home soil next week. The 34-year-old Spaniard will be one of the favourites at the World Championships in Ponferrada but time is running out for the 2009 Vuelta a Espana winner to finally claim … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Spearheads Spain Road World Championships Squad

MADRID, Sept 17, 2014 (AFP) - Fresh from finishing third at the Vuelta a Espana, Alejandro Valverde will lead Spain's quest for glory on home soil at the world cycling championships in Ponferrada. The 34-year-old, who penned a new three-year deal with Movistar on Tuesday, will line up alongside Katusha's Joaquim Rodriguez, who finished fourth in the Vuelta, for the road race on … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Signs With Movistar Team Through 2017

September 16, 2014 | Madrid Current UCI WorldTour's No. 2 renews contract with Eusebio Unzué's structure through 2017 after one of his most brilliant seasons as pro Alejandro Valverde signed a new contract with the Movistar Team and will stay together with Eusebio Unzué, with whom he has raced for nine of his twelve pro seasons since 2005 and achieved a legendary palmarès including more … [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...]

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...]