Gesink Closes In On Title As da Costa Bags Stage Win

LIESTAL, Switzerland, June 19, 2010 - Dutch rider Robert Gesink closed in on the Tour of Switzerland title Saturday as he held the leader's yellow jersey after the eighth stage won by Portugal's Rui Faria da Costa. Caisse d'Epargne rider da Costa, 23, finished 15sec ahead of teammate Jose Gil Rojas with Belgian Maxime Monfort of HTC Columbia 19sec off the pace after the 172km ride between … [Read more...]

Soler With Painful Knee Doubtful For The Tour

RISOUL, France, June 10, 2010 - Former Tour de France 'King of the Mountains' Mauricio Soler is in doubt for next month's race because of a knee problem, his Caisse d'Epargne team said Thursday. Soler, 27, hurt his knee in a crash earlier this week in the Dauphine Criterium, a key warm-up for the Tour de France. The Colombian climbing specialist battled on, but finally surrendered to … [Read more...]

Valverde Vows To Win Again After Ban

Spanish cycling star Alejandro Valverde insists he will return to winning ways after his doping ban ends at the end of next year. "I know myself and I do not have the least doubt that I will win again," Caisse d'Epargne racer Valverde told Thursday's edition of Marca sports magazine. "I will serve out the ban and I will come back," added Valverde, who will be 31 by the time he returns … [Read more...]

Caisse d’Epargne Brings Bruseghin To Giro d’Italia

PARIS, May 4, 2010 (AFP) - Italy's Marzio Bruseghin, third in the Giro in 2008, will lead the team of Caisse d'Epargne in the Giro, which starts Saturday in Amsterdam. The Caisse d'Epargne team at the Giro: Andrey Amador (CRC), David Arroyo (ESP), Marzio Bruseghin (ITA), Arnold Jeannesson (FRA), Vasil Kiriyenka (BLR), Pablo Lastras (ESP), Alberto Losada (ESP), Rigoberto Uran (COL), … [Read more...]

Caisse d’Epargne To Pull Funding in 2011

PARIS, Jan 22, 2010 (AFP) - The bank that sponsors and lends its name to the Caisse d'Epargne cycling team, which has Spaniard Alejandro Valverde on its books, will pull its funding at the end of 2010. "There will be a Caisse d'Epargne team on the 2010 Tour de France but it's a contract that stops in 2010. It will not be renewed," Francois Perol, president of banking group Banque … [Read more...]

Caisse d’Epargne Rider Soler Hit By Car

The Caisee d'Epargne rider Mauricio Soler (who joined the team in 2010) was involved in a head on collision with a car and is now in the hospital. The accident occurred on Wednesday while he was on a training ride. He was almost home when he was hit head-on. Media reports have stated that he was unable to avoid the car when they collided head-on. I feel a little bitter,” Soler told … [Read more...]

Contador Eyes Spanish Team In 2010

MADRID, Oct 24, 2009 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Alberto Contador would like to race with a Spanish team next year but refused to rule out staying with Astana until his contract with the Kazakh-funded outfit runs out in 2010. Astana has not yet been granted a ProTour license by the International Cycling Union (UCI) for next season and the 26-year-old Spaniard told sports daily AS his … [Read more...]

Contador Still Not Sold On Astana

Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador, under contract with Astana until 2010, is unwilling to negotiate with his Kazakh-funded team until management issues are cleared up. "Currently, we don't know who's leading Astana, that's why I have some doubts," Contador said of Astana, which has had financial troubles this season. "That's my main problem, to know who is the manager, … [Read more...]

Greipel Wins Tour of Spain 16th Stage, While Valverde Still In Gold

PUERTOLLANO, Spain, Sept 15, 2009 (AFP) - Germany's Andre Greipel of Team Columbia dominated a bunch sprint to win the 16th stage of the Tour of Spain on Tuesday as Alejandro Valverde retained the race leader's gold jersey. Greipel soloed over the finish line of the 170km stage between Cordoba and here with his arms in the air in triumph after leaving his sprint rivals for dust in the … [Read more...]

Contador Mulling Over Four Offers For Next Season

MADRID, Sept 5, 2009 (AFP) - Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador, under contract with Astana until 2010, has received offers from Garmin, Caisse d'Epargne and Quick Step as well as a proposed contract extension from Astana, a source close to the rider said Saturday. The proposal from Caisse d'Epargne, which is home to several other Spanish riders including Alejandro Valverde, … [Read more...]