Nibali’s Astana Team Takes Opening Giro del Trentino Stage

Rome, April 19, 2016 (AFP) - Former Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team got off to the perfect start at the Giro del Trentino on Tuesday by winning the opening stage team time-trial. Astana beat Team Sky, whose Spanish rider Mikel Landa is one of the favorites for overall victory, by 14sec on the 12.1km time-trial overlooking Lake Garda. French team AG2R took third … [Read more...]

Matthews Holds Lead, As Lutsenko Closes The Gap At Paris-Nice


Salon-de-Provence, France, March 11, 2016 (AFP) - Kazakh rider Alexey Lutsenko came home alone to win the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race on Friday and close the gap on overall race leader Michael Matthews of Australia. Astana's Lutsenko broke away from the peloton 28km from the line to cross 21 seconds ahead of the pursuing pack led by Norway's Alexander Kristoff and Matthews. … [Read more...]

Nibali Takes Overall Lead At Tou of Oman

Muscat, Feb 19, 2016 (AFP) - Former Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali won Friday's fourth stage to take the race leader's red jersey of the Tour of Oman. The Italian Astana rider claimed victory by nine seconds over Frenchman Romain Bardet in the 180km 'Green Mountain' stage from Knowledge Oasis Muscat to the climb of Jabal al-Akhdhar. In the overall standings, Nibali has a 15sec … [Read more...]

Sanchez Leads In Volta ao Algarve After Winning The Second Stage

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Lisbon, Feb 18, 2016 (AFP) - Spain's Astana rider Luis Leon Sanchez won the second stage of the Volta ao Algarve in southern Portugal on Thursday, seizing the overall leader's yellow jersey in the process. Sanchez triumphed on the summit finish, 902 metres up at the Alto da Foia, beating Britain's Geraint Thomas of Sky by a single second with Slovenia's Primoz Roglic third for Lotto … [Read more...]

Team Astana Granted WorldTour Licence For The 2016 Season


Paris, Nov 9, 2015 (AFP) - Cycling's world body confirmed on Monday that the doping-tainted Astana team will retain its World Tour licence for the 2016 season. The Kazakh-funded outfit, featuring 2014 Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, was one of 11 teams given the green light to compete in the top division next season after meeting the annual registration criteria mandated by the … [Read more...]

Aru Claims Vuelta Overall Victory, Ads Degenkolb Wins Final Stage


By Kieran CANNING Madrid, Sept 13, 2015 (AFP) - Italy's Fabio Aru sealed his first ever Grand Tour victory as Germany's John Degenkolb finally claimed a stage win on the final day of Spain's Vuelta on Sunday. Aru just needed to get through the 98.8km parade through the streets of Madrid unscathed after building up a 1min 17sec lead over Joaquim Rodriguez … [Read more...]

Aru Climbs Himself Into The Vuelta Overall Victory


Cercedilla , Spain, Sept 12, 2015 (AFP) - Italian Fabio Aru is on the verge of sealing his first Grand Tour win after he moved into the lead of Spain's Vuelta on Saturday with just Sunday's parade around Madrid to come. Spain's Ruben Plaza won the 175.8km stage from San Lorenzo de El Escorial to Cercedilla thanks to a remarkable solo breakaway ride from 114km out, ahead of Portugal's … [Read more...]

De Marchi Wins Vuelta Stage 14, As Aru Retains Overall Lead


Alto Campoo, Spain, Sept 5, 2015 (AFP) - Italian Alessandro De Marchi claimed victory on the longest stage of this year's Vuelta on Saturday as his compatriot Fabio Aru retained the leader's red jersey. De Marchi was part of a five-man breakaway group that was never in danger of being caught by the peloton and proved the strongest on the climb to the finish of the 215km stage from … [Read more...]

Froome’s Chances For Vuelta Glory Go Up In Smoke


Alto Els Cortals d'Encamp, Andorra, Sept 2, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome's hopes of becoming only the third rider to win the Tour de France and Spain's Vuelta in the same year faded on Wednesday after he was cut adrift on the 11th stage. Astana rider Mikel Landa, third in this year's Giro d'Italia, won the stage at the summit of Cortals d'Encamp in Andorra in the Pyrenees, as his … [Read more...]

Nibali Disqualified From Vuelta A Espana For A Car Tow


Caminito del Rey, Spain, Aug 23, 2015 (AFP) - Three-time Grand Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali has been disqualified from Spain's Vuelta, race organisers confirmed on Sunday for being towed by his Astana team car during the second stage. The Italian had been one of a number of riders caught up in a crash 30 kilometres from the finish line of the 158.7km ride from Alhaurin de la Torre to … [Read more...]