As The Peloton Mulls Armstrong Return, Freire and Martinez Shine In Spain

MADRID, Sept 10, 2008 (AFP) - Spain's three-time world champion Oscar Freire of Rabobank won the 11th stage of the Tour of Spain on Wednesday, a 178 km ride from Calahorra to Burgos, as Egoi Martinez of Euskaltel retained the overall lead. Martinez leads US racer Levi Leipheimer by 11 seconds and has a 32sec lead over favourite and last year's Tour de France champion Alberto Contador. … [Read more...]

Emilien Berges Takes The Tour of Britain Yellow Jersey

LONDON, Sept 9, 2008 (AFP) - France's Emilien Berges won the third stage of the Tour of Britain on Tuesday, a victory which saw him take the overall leader's yellow jersey from Alessandro Petacchi. But Berges, who crossed the line just ahead of his Agritubel team-mate Geoffroy Lequarte, was under no illusions asbout the task in front of him as the race headed into the English Midlands. … [Read more...]

Silence Is Golden As Avermaet Wins Tour of Spain 9th Stage

SABINANIGO, Spain, Sept 8, 2008 (AFP) - Spaniard Egoi Martinez of Euskaltel took the overall lead after Belgian rider Greg van Avermaet of the Silence team won the ninth stage of the Tour of Spain on Monday, a 200.8km ride between Viella and Sabinanigo. Van Avermaet won out after joining a dozen-strong breakaway and edged out Davide Rebellin of Italy and Spaniard Juan Antonio Flecha in a … [Read more...]

Linus Gerdemann of Team Columbia Wins The Tour of Germany

BREMEN, Germany, Sept 6, 2008 (AFP) - Yellow-jersey holder Linus Gerdemann won the Tour of Germany on Saturday after the eighth and final stage in Bremen as Columbia team-mate and compatriot Tony Martin won the 34km time-trial. Gerdemann, 25, wore the yellow jersey for the duration of the competition and finished fourth in Saturday's time trial to win the tour overall. After the … [Read more...]

Auge Takes Stage Win In Germany, But Gerdemann Eyes The Overall

BERLIN, Sept 5, 2008 (AFP) - France's Stephane Auge, of the Cofidis team, won the seventh and penultimate stage of the Tour of Germany from Neuss to Georgsmarienhutte on Friday but German rider Linus Gerdemann was poised for overall victory. Auge came out on top in a sprint finish ahead of compatriot Thierry Hupond and Mauro Da Dalto of Italy. The peloton, led by Gerdemann, crossed … [Read more...]

Finland’s Veikkanen wins sixth stage of Tour of Germany

NEUSS, Germany, Sept 4, 2008 (AFP) - Finland's Jussi Veikkanen won the sixth stage of the Tour of Germany on Thursday after winning the sprint finish on the 188.8km route from Bad Fredeburg to Neuss. Leader Linus Gerdemann of Germany keeps the yellow jersey after finishing in the peloton, but Veikkanen held off a strong challenge from Kazakhstan's Maxim Iglinski to win the stage. The … [Read more...]

Gerald Ciolek Wins Fifth Stage Of The Tour of Germany

Gerald Ciolek was the surprise winner of the last mountain stage of the Tour of Germany on Wednesday on the 218.4km route from Mainz as team-mate Linus Gerdemann kept the yellow jersey. Germany's Ciolek, the 2006 under-23 world champion, won three stages on last year's tour and attacked on the final steep climb to give his rivals no chance. Switzerland's Rubens Bertogliati (Scott) came … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen Wins Tour of Spain Third Stage

CORDOBA, Spain, Sept 1, 2008 (AFP) - Italy's Daniel Bennati of Liquigas took the overall race leader's golden jersey in the Tour of Spain on Monday despite finishing the third stage in second place behind Belgium's Tom Boonen. Quick Step rider Boonen finished the 168.6-kilometre (105-mile) ride between Jaen and Cordoba, which included a moderate climb, in 4hr 25min 24sec, with Germany's … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde In Control Of Vuelta After Stage 2 Win

JAEN, Spain, Aug 31, 2008 (AFP) - Spaniard Alejandro Valverde of the Caisse d'Epargne team took the overall race lead after winning the second stage of the Tour of Spain on Sunday, a 176.3 kilometre run from Granada to Jaen. The 28-year-old finished the stage in four hours and 23 minutes, two seconds ahead of Italy's Davide Rebellin of Gerolsteiner and another Italian, Alessandro Ballan of … [Read more...]

Tour of Ireland Stage – Man On The Street Report

Written by: Myles Mc Corry NUJ Everyone was delighted that the Conor pass loomed today on stage four of the Tour of Ireland (TOI) today. Everyone bar Magnus Backsted (Garmin). Cavendish was “said” to be delighted to lose the jersey and the pressure. Julian Dean was definitely happy to see the 6 km climb approach; with its top hidden by famous soft, Irish clouds. This morning at the … [Read more...]