Ji Cheng Set To Make Tour de France History

PARIS, June 25, 2014 (AFP) - Ji Cheng is set to make history as the first Chinese rider on the Tour de France after being named in the Team Giant-Shimano for the gruelling event. The 26-year-old became the first Chinese to ride in a Grand Tour when he completed the Spanish Vuelta in 2012, later going on to compete in the Giro d'Italia a year later, although he failed to finish. … [Read more...]

Tour of California Stage 1 Comes Down To Centimeters

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11-May-2014: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team tried their luck in the crosswinds, but the 193.3km 1st Stage of AMGEN Tour of California Stage 1 was destined for a group arrival as the wind changed on Sunday with too many kilometers remaining. OPQS switched back to preparation for the bunch sprint, and Mark Cavendish was able to beat John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) by mere centimeters for the … [Read more...]

The Spring Classics Heavy Hitters For 2014

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, April 04, 2014 (AFP) - With the main Spring Classics races due to begin on Sunday with the Tour of Flanders, AFP takes a look at the main contenders. Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Twice in the last four years the 33-year-old Swiss time-trial and classics expert has done the Tour of Flanders-Paris-Roubaix double and he will rightly be considered the … [Read more...]

German John Degenkolb Wins Gent-Wevelgem Classic

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WEVELGEM, Belgium, March 30, 2014 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb of the Giant team won the Gent-Wevelgem spring classic race on Sunday, heaping praise on his teammates for reeling in three peloton escapees. Degenkolb timed 5hr 34min 43sec over the 233km ride to finish ahead of Frenchman Arnaud Demare and Slovakia's defending champion Peter Sagan. "This race is one of the really … [Read more...]

John Degenkolb Wins Stage 3 And Lead In Paris-Nice

MAGNY-COURS, France, March 11, 2014 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb of the Giant team won a sprint finish to the third stage of Paris-Nice at Magny-Cours on Tuesday and took the overall race lead at the same time. Degenkolb powered home on the 180km stage from Tourcy ahead of Australian Matthew Goss and Jose Joaquin Rojas of Spain. Time bonuses allowed Degenkolb to snare the … [Read more...]

John Degenkolb of Argos-Shimano Wins Paris-Tours

PARIS, Oct 13, 2013 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb won the 107th edition of the Paris-Tours on Sunday, the Argos rider coming in ahead of Dane Michael Morkov and Arnaud Demare of France. Degenkolb was adding this 235 kilometer race which brings the curtain down on the classic season to his win in Thursday's Paris-Bourges. "My victory in Hamburg (Cyclassics) was the first step … [Read more...]

Stage Winner John Degenkolb Pulls Out Of Giro d’Italia

CORDENONS, Italy, May 13, 2013 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb who sprinted to victory on stage five of the Giro d'Italia pulled out of the race during Monday's rest day, his Argos team announced. "Before the start, I said that I wanted to finish a race and in particular the Giro, but not at any price. "I feel it will be difficult for me to recover," said the 24-year-old who was … [Read more...]

Degenkolb Wins Giro d’Italia Fifth Stage, Paolini Keeps Pink Jersey

MATERA, Italy, May 08, 2013 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb of the Argos-Shimano team won a rain-soaked fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia Wednesday, held over 203km from Cosenza to Matera, to claim his first victory in the race. Most of the main peloton, including race leader Luca Paolini (Katusha) and main favorite Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky, were held up by several crashes on a … [Read more...]

Contador Wins Tour of Spain To Seal His Comeback

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MADRID, Sept 9, 2012 (AFP) - Spain's Alberto Contador, racing his first Grand Tour since returning from a two-year doping ban last month, won his second Tour of Spain crown on Sunday. The Saxo-Bank rider, also a two-time Tour de France winner who lost his 2010 Tour and 2011 Giro titles after testing positive for clenbuterol in 2010, safely negotiated the 21st and final 115km largely flat … [Read more...]

Degenkolb Takes Tour of Spain Stage 10, Rodriguez Holds On To Lead

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SANxenxo, Spain, Aug 28, 2012 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb edged ahead of his rival in a mass sprint finish to win the Tour of Spain's tenth stage on Tuesday, while Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez held on to the overall race lead. It was the 23-year-old's fourth stage victory at this year's race after he won the second, fifth and seventh stages. The Argos-Shimano rider completed the … [Read more...]