Lance Armstrong Tickled Pink At Thought Of Racing Giro d’Italia

ROME, Oct 13, 2008 (AFP) - Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong confirmed Monday he will race in next year's Tour of Italy for the event's centenary event. Speaking on video on the Gazzetta dello Sport website the 37-year-old American, who is returning to the sport after a three-year hiatus, confirmed the news that race organizers RCS had earlier announced. Armstrong said … [Read more...]

Matthew Goss Won Stage 1 At Sun Tour After Attack From Stuart O’Grady

On Sunday Matthew Goss won the preface in Herald Sun Tour and on Monday the young Australian followed up with another victory in the 130-kilometer first stage from Traralgon to Inverloch. The stage was decided in a bunch sprint and Barloworld's sprinter Baden Cooke took the second place exactly like Sunday. With this victory Goss also leads the point's competition in the race and Stuart … [Read more...]

Alessandro Ballan Keeps The Rainbow Jersey in Italy

by Justin Davis Former Tour of Flanders champion Alessandro Ballan heralded a new era for the Italians at the world championships by upstaging Paolo Bettini to win the coveted rainbow jersey. In a race tipped to see a duel between two-time defending champion Bettini and three-time winner Oscar Freire of Spain, 28-year-old Ballan stole the show by finishing ahead of fellow … [Read more...]

Could There Be Another Historical Rainbow Jersey For Cycling Wizard Bettini

by Justin Davis VARESE, Italy, Sept 27, 2008 (AFP) - History-chasing Paolo Bettini and Oscar Freire are being tipped to cast a rainbow haze over the world championships on Sunday when they line up as favourites for the men's road race. Won by the likes of Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Lance Armstrong, the rainbow jersey is among the most coveted prizes in cycling being arguably … [Read more...]

Tour of Spain Results – Stage 19 and Overall

Results from the 19th stage of the Tour of Spain, a 145.5km ride from Las Rozas to Segovia on Friday: 19th stage 1. David Arroyo (ESP/GCE) 3hr 27min 03sec, 2. Vasili Kiryenka (BLR/TCS) 5sec behind, 3. Nick Nuyens (BEL/COF) 11, 4. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/GCE) 11, 5. Greg van Avermaet (BEL/SIL) 11, 6. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA/LAM) 11, 7. Robert Gesink (NED/RAB) 11, 8. Ruben Perez (ESP/EUS) … [Read more...]

David Arroyo of Caisse d’Epargne Wins Tour of Spain’s 19th Stage, Contador Leads Overall

SEGOVIA, Spain, Sept 19, 2008 (AFP) - Spain's David Arroyo won the 19th stage of the Tour of Spain on Friday, the third stage win for Caisse d'Epargne, though Alberto Contador looks set for overall victory. The 28-year-old Arroyo crossed the line first in this 145.5km stretch from Las Rozas to Segovia, also consolidating Caisse d'Epargne's lead in the team standings. Arroyo … [Read more...]

Erviti Edges Roche To Win 18th Stage of Tour of Spain

Spain's Imanol Erviti edged Ireland's Nicholas Roche to win the 18th stage of the Tour of Spain Thursday, as his compatriot Alberto Contador kept his overall lead. Erviti of the Caisse d'Epargne team and Roche of Credit Agricole recorded the same time in the sprint finish to the 167.4 kilometre (100.4 miles) stage between Valladolid and Las Rozas. The French-born Roche moves up to 13th … [Read more...]

Boonen Scores The Double, As Contador Keeps Gold Jersey

ZAMORA, Spain, Sept 16, 2008 (AFP) - Belgium's Tom Boonen dominated a bunch sprint on the 16th stage of the Tour of Spain, held over 186.4km between Pontferrada and here on Tuesday, to claim his second win of this year's race. Spaniard Alberto Contador, of the Astana team, retained the race leader's gold jersey after a stage marked by the incredibly slow riding of the peloton. With … [Read more...]

Contador Retains Gold Even After Crash, And Garcia Wins Vuelta’s 15th Stage

PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 15, 2008 (AFP) - Alberto Contador continued his march towards claiming his third major Tour within 14 months after the Tour of Spain's 15th stage won by fellow Spaniard David Garcia on Monday. Garcia broke free of a group of 17 riders that had escaped from the main peloton including most of the gold jersey contenders to claim solo victory after 202km of racing … [Read more...]

Contador Flying High As He Wins Tour of Spain 14th Stage And Retains Overall Lead

FUENTES DE INVIERNO, Spain, Sept 14, 2008 (AFP) - Spain's 2007 Tour de France champion Alberto Contador, who rides for Astana, won the 14th stage of the Tour of Spain here Sunday to retain the overall race lead. He completed the 158.4 kilometre mountain ride from Oviedo to the Fuentes de Invierno ski resort in 4hr 16min 1sec, followed by American team-mate Levi Leipheimer, who was 2sec … [Read more...]