Henao Shades Contador By Only Two Seconds At Paris-Nice

Nice, France, March 12, 2017 (AFP) - Colombia's Sergio Henao lifted his troubled Sky team's spirits with a dramatic two-second success over Alberto Contador in the Paris-Nice on Sunday. Henao set up the win when grabbing a half-minute lead in the 'Race to the Sun' with fourth in Saturday's penultimate stage. But the 29-year-old only scraped home in the face of a determined challenge … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador To Join Team Trek-Segafredo For 2017

Madrid, Sept 15, 2016 (AFP) - Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will join ambitious US team Trek-Segafredo next year from current side Tinkoff as he targets a hat-trick in cycling's most prestigious race. "I am thrilled about the opportunity that is in front of me. Trek-Segafredo is a very attractive and ambitious project that really inspires me," the 33-year-old Spaniard said … [Read more...]

Quintana Catches Froome Sleeping To take Huge Vuelta Lead

Aramon Formigal, Spain, Sept 4, 2016 (AFP) - Nairo Quintana took a huge step towards sealing his second Grand Tour win by extending his overall lead to 3mins 37secs over Chris Froome on Sunday's 15th stage of the Vuelta a Espana. Quintana and three-time Vuelta winner Alberto Contador formed part of an early breakaway group on the short, hilly 118.5km stage from Sabinanigo to Aramon Formigal … [Read more...]

Quintana Storms To A Stage 10 Win, And Vuelta Overall Lead

Lagos de Covadonga, Spain, Aug 29, 2016 (AFP) - Colombian Nairo Quintana moved back into the leader's red jersey of the Tour of Spain with a stunning ascent to win Monday's 10th stage. Chris Froome battled back after being dropped early in the 12.2km special category climb to the end of the 188.7km ride from Lugones to Lagos de Covadonga to finish third on the stage and move up to third in … [Read more...]

Contador Crashes, Van Genechten Wins Stage, Atapuma Keeps Lead

Puebla de Sanabria , Spain, Aug 26, 2016 (AFP) - Jonas van Genechten timed his sprint perfectly to win stage seven of the Vuelta a Espana, the biggest triumph in his career, while Alberto Contador crashed in a chaotic finale on Friday. Italian Daniele Bennati of Tinkoff finished second behind the Belgian IAM Cycling rider, who won in a time of three hours, 55 minutes and 44 seconds, while … [Read more...]

Injured Alberto Contador Likely To Miss The Rio Olympics

Madrid, July 12, 2016 (AFP) - Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador said Tuesday that he is almost certain to miss the Rio Olympics next month after the injuries that ruined his shot at a third Tour de France victory. The 33-year-old, a two-time Tour de France champion, quit cycling's most famous race on Sunday's ninth stage after crashing on both of the opening two stages, suffering injuries … [Read more...]

Two Time Champion Contador Quits The 2016 Tour de France

Andorra Arcalis, Andorra, July 10, 2016 (AFP) - Two-time champion Alberto Contador sensationally quit the Tour de France on Sunday after succumbing to injuries and illness. The 33-year-old Spaniard climbed off his bike with just over 100km to ride on Sunday's ninth stage from Spain to Andorra. Contador was injured down his right side after crashing on both of the opening two stages and … [Read more...]

Froome Feels Like A Kid After Tour de France Stage 8 Decent Win

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Bagnères-de-Luchon, France, July 9, 2016 (AFP) - Chris Froome said he felt like a kid again as he broke clear on a speedy descent to win the eighth stage of the Tour de France on Saturday and claim the yellow jersey. The defending champion surprised everyone not only with an attack on a descent 16km from the finish of the … [Read more...]

Bicycle.net Top Five Favorites At The 2016 Tour de France

Saint-Lô, France, July 1, 2016 - With the Tour de France beginning in Mont Saint-Michel on Saturday, AFP Sport looks at the five most likely winners: Chris Froome As reigning champion and twice winner in three years, the Sky leader will be the man to beat. This Tour may favour climbers but the 31-year-old Briton has proved himself as good as anyone in that domaine, and more so than … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Out Of Spanish Road Race For Health Concerns

Madrid, June 24, 2016 (AFP) - Tour de France hopeful Alberto Contador has pulled out of this weekend's Spanish road race championships citing health concerns just a week ahead of the start of cycling's top tour. "Hello everyone! I'm sorry to say that because of health concerns I won't be taking part in the nationals this weekend (Saturday). I hope it's a good race," the double Tour de France … [Read more...]