Luis Leon Sanchez Takes Yellow Jersey From Contador At Paris-Nice

FAYENCE, France, March 14, 2009 (AFP) - Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez, riding for the Caisse d'Epargne team, won the seventh and penultimate stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race here on Saturday to take the leader's yellow jersey. Overnight leader Alberto Contador of the Astana team suffered over the final four kilometers, the 2007 Tour de France winner losing almost three minutes, admitting … [Read more...]

Contador Back In Lead After Stage 6 Win At Paris-Nice (Results)

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MONTAGNE DE LURE, France, March 13, 2009 - Spain's Alberto Contador, riding for the Astana team, won the sixth stage of Paris-Nice cycling race on Friday to take the leader's yellow jersey with two day's racing left. Contador, winner of the 2007 Tour de France and last year's Tour of Italy and Tour of Spain, finished ahead of Frank Schlek, from the Saxo Bank team, at the finish at an … [Read more...]

Mattia Gavazzi Wins 3rd Stage of Malaysia Tour of Langkawi

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11, 2009 (AFP) - Italian Mattia Gavazzi of team Diquigiovanni-Androni won the third stage of the Tour de Langkawi Wednesday which ended in the historic Malaysian port city of Malacca. Australian Chris Sutton from the Garmin Slipstream team took second place. Gavazzi, the overall race leader, won the 186-kilometre (115.58-mile) stage in four hours, 33 minutes and 29 … [Read more...]

Hutarovich Claims Big Reward on Tour of Mediterranean First Stage

NARBONNE, France, Feb 11, 2009 (AFP) - Belarussian sprinter Yauheni Hutarovich of the Francaise des Jeux team claimed the opening stage win in the Tour of the Mediterranean here Wednesday. He did is in deciding fashion, beating some of the top professionals along the way. Hutarovich, 26, beat two former winners of Tour de France stages - South African Robbie Hunter of Barloworld and Frenchman … [Read more...]

Tour of Qatar Here To Stay States Eddy Merckx

DOHA, Feb 10, 2009 (AFP) - The Tour of Qatar has won its place in the international cycling calendar and it could one day host a Tour de France stage, Belgian great Eddy Merckx believes. This year's race, won last week by Belgian powerhouse Tom Boonen, was the eighth edition of an event which has seen competitive cycling come to the Gulf for the first time. The 64-year-old Merckx, who … [Read more...]

Tour Down Under Stage 6 Final Results

Results from the sixth and final stage of the Tour Down Under, held over 90km here Sunday: Stage 6: 1. Francesco Chicchi (ITA) Liquigas 1hr 42min 00, 2. Robbie McEwen (AUS) same time, 3. Graeme Brown (AUS) s.t., 4. Greg Henderson (NZL) s.t., 5. Jose Rojas (ESP) s.t., 6. Tom Leezer (NED) s.t., 7. Willem Stroetinga (NED) s.t., 8. Guillaume Blot (FRA) s.t., 9. Jacopo Guanieri (ITA) s.t., … [Read more...]

Allan Davis of Quick Step Secures Tour Down Under Win

ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 25, 2009 (AFP) - Quick Step sprinter Allan Davis secured overall victory in the Tour Down Under here Sunday after the final stage victory of Italian Francesco Chicchi. Chicchi handed his Liquigas team their first notable victory of the year after bursting through a quality field containing Australian rivals Robbie McEwen and Graeme Brown. Davis becomes the … [Read more...]

Allan Davis Tightens His Grip On Lead At Tour Down Under

by Justin Davis ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 24, 2009 (AFP) - Australian sprinter Allan Davis tightened his grip on the ochre leader's jersey at the Tour Down Under after winning his third stage of the race here Saturday. On a day that yet again saw comeback king Lance Armstrong put his racing form to the test, Davis prevailed in a bunch sprint at the end of the 148km penultimate stage … [Read more...]

Armstrong Avoids Crash As Peloton Injuries Piling Up

by Justin Davis ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 22, 2009 (AFP) - Lance Armstrong avoided a potential fall in Thursday's third stage of the Tour Down Under that was marred by crashes, but eventually won by Australian Graeme Brown in a bunch sprint. His countryman Allan Davis, of Quick Step, finished just behind Rabobank sprinter Brown to narrowly retain the leader's ochre jersey. … [Read more...]

Tour of Lombardy Race Results

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Tour of Lombardy results on Saturday: 1. Damiano Cunego (ITA/Lampre) 5 h 37:04, 2. Janez Brajkovic (SLO/AST) at 24 sec, 3. Rigoberto Uran (COL/GCE) 24, 4. Giovanni Visconti (ITA/QST) 33, 5. Karsten Kroon (NED/CSC) 33, 6. Mauro Finetto (ITA/CSF), 7. Chris Horner (USA/AST), 8. Stefano Garzelli (ITA/ASA), 9. Morris Possoni (ITA/COL), 10. Francesco Failli (ITA/ASA), 11. Craig Lewis … [Read more...]