Nibali, Rodriguez, Valverde Set For epic Giro d’Italia Battle

MILAN, Oct 07, 2013 (AFP) - Italy's Vincenzo Nibali will kick off the defence of his Giro d'Italia title in 2014 with three days of racing in Northern Ireland before a "key" final week of epic racing in the high mountains. Nibali, of the Astana team, claimed his maiden pink jersey after a dramatic 2013 edition that was blighted by torrential rain, cancelled stages and a snow-hit … [Read more...]

Joaquin Rodriguez Defends Tour of Lombardy Crown

MILAN, Oct 06, 2013 (AFP) - Spain's Joaquin Rodriguez of the Katusha team made up for his disappointing world championships defeat by defending his crown in the 107th edition of the Tour of Lombardy one-day cycling classic on Sunday. Fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) finished second with Poland's Rafael Majka of Saxo Bank in third after 242 km of racing in rainy … [Read more...]

Stage-Winner Rodriguez Keeps Basque Country Lead

MADRID, April 6, 2012 (AFP) - Spain's Joaquin Rodriguez, of the Katusha team, won his second successive stage on the Tour of the Basque Country on Friday to maintain the overall lead. Rodriguez triumphed on the 183km run from Bera to Onati, ahead of compatriot Samuel Sanchez and Robert Kiserlovski of Croatia. Rodriguez had trouble following Sanchez when he attacked three … [Read more...]

Rodriguez Wins Tirreno-Adriatico Sixth Stage

ROME, March 12, 2012 (AFP) - Spaniard Joaquin Rodriguez of the Katusha team won the sixth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race over 181km around Offida on Monday. Chris Horner of RadioShack holds the overall leader's jersey ahead of the final stage on Tuesday when he will take a 5-second lead over Czech Roman Kreuziger and 6sec over Italian Vincenzo Nibali into a 9.3km time … [Read more...]

Rodriguez Takes Stage As Wiggins Remains Leader

LE COLLET D'ALLEVARD, France, June 11, 2011 - Spaniard Joaquin Rodriguez of Katusha won the sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Saturday on a breakaway which saw him see off all comers on the Collet d'Allevard climb. But Britain's Bradley Wiggins stayed on course for the overall victory after fending off a determined attack from Kazakh veteran Alexandre Vinokourov on the final climb … [Read more...]

Spaniards Set Their Sights On Getting Fleche Glory

CHARLEROI, Belgium, April 19, 2011 - Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador and fellow Spaniard Joaquin Rodriguez are among a clutch of riders who have their hearts set on glory in Wednesday's Fleche Wallonne. The Fleche Wallonne, the second of the three Ardennes Classics, is a grueling 201km affair and the riders must finish up the challenge by negotiating a 9.3km … [Read more...]

Sanchez Wins Basque Tour Stage 4, Rodriguez Barely Keeps Lead

MADRID, April 7, 2011 (AFP) - Euskaltel's Samuel Sanchez timed a final sprint to perfection to win the hilly fourth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Thursday. Sanchez, the reigning Olympic road race champion, finished just ahead of German Andreas Kloden in the 179km race from Amurrio to Eibar after a number of attacks came and went in the last kilometres of the final … [Read more...]

Rodriguez Wins Basque Tour Stage 1

MADRID, April 4, 2011 - Spaniard Joaquin Rodriguez, riding for the Katusha team, on Monday won a sprint finish for the 151.2km first stage of the Tour of the Basque Country around Zumarraga. Rodriguez clocked 4hr 02min 22sec to finish just ahead of compatriot Samuel Sanchez, riding for Euskaltel, who is one of the race favorites, and Germany's Andreas Kloeden of RadioShack. The … [Read more...]

Rodriguez Ends 2010 Season As The Worlds Number One

PARIS - Spaniard Joaquin Rodriguez has ended the cycling season as the world number one, according to rankings released by the International Cycling Union (UCI) on Monday. Countryman Alberto Contador, who won his third Tour de France yellow jersey in July, was second with Belgian Philippe Gilbert, who won the Tour of Lombardy for the second consecutive year Saturday, in third place. … [Read more...]

Rodriguez Regains Tour of Spain Lead, Nieve Takes Stage

COTOBELLO, Spain - Spanish rider Joaquin Rodriguez regained the overall lead of the Tour of Spain after Monday's mountainous 16th stage, won by his compatriot Mikel Nieve. The Katusha rider, who finished the stage third, has a lead of 33 seconds over Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, who cracked on the final climb of the 181.4-kilometre ride from Gijon to Cotobello to slip to second place … [Read more...]