Alberto Contador Takes Tour of Spain Lead On Stage 10

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BORJA, Spain, Sept 02, 2014 (AFP) - Two-time Tour of Spain winner Alberto Contador took the overall lead in this year's edition on Tuesday as German Tony Martin won the 10th stage, a 36.7-kilometre time-trial. Contador, 31 and who finished fourth, 39 seconds slower than triple time-trial world champion Martin, replaced Colombian rider Nairo Quintana in the overall leader's red … [Read more...]

Nairo Quintana Takes Lead At Tour of Spain Stage 9

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ARAMON VALDELINARES, Spain, Aug 31, 2014 (AFP) - Colombian Winner Anacona was victorious in the ninth stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday as his compatriot Nairo Quintana moved ahead in the general classification. Anacona broke clear on the 8km, first category climb to the finish of the 185km stage from Carboneras de Guadazon to Aramon Valdelinares to move into fourth place overall … [Read more...]

Dream Start For Nairo Quintana’s Movistar In Tour of Spain

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JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, Spain, Aug 23, 2014 (AFP) - Giro d'Italia champion Nairo Quintana got his quest to win the Tour of Spain off to a flying start as his Movistar team won the opening stage team time trial on Saturday. Spaniard Jonathan Castroviejo led his team to victory in a time of 14min 13sec to take the leader's jersey, six seconds ahead of Cannondale and Orica Green-Edge. … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Back To Challenge Quintana In Spain

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by Kieran CANNING MADRID, Aug 22, 2014 (AFP) - Chris Froome will go head-to-head with in-form Colombian rider Nairo Quintana when the final Grand Tour of the season, the Tour of Spain, gets underway in Jerez on Saturday. Froome's defence of the Tour de France was ended by hand injuries after a series of nasty falls just five stages into the race last month, but he has recovered … [Read more...]

Froome Feeling ‘Positive Pressure’ As Defending Champion

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LEEDS, United Kingdom, July 03, 2014 (AFP) - Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome is feeling the pressure ahead of the start of the biggest cycle race on the planet on Saturday in Leeds. Froome was peerless last year in winning his first Grand Tour ahead of Colombian debutant Nairo Quintana, who will not race the Grand Boucle this year. But … [Read more...]

Colombian Nairo Quintana Wins The Giro d’Italia

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MILAN, June 01, 2014 (AFP) - Nairo Quintana became the first Colombian winner of the Giro d'Italia as Slovenian Luka Mezgec won Sunday's 21st and final stage. Movistar's Quintana, who was second at last year's Tour de France, headed a Colombian one-two with Rigoberto Uran finishing second and 23-year-old Italian Fabio Aru, the revelation of the race, third. Mezgec of Giant-Shimano, … [Read more...]

Giro d’Italia Stage 20 Attacks The Historic Zoncolan

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MONTE ZONCOLAN, Italy, May 31, 2014 (AFP) - Nairo Quintana of Colombia is certain of Giro d'Italia victory barring any final stage disaster after preserving his handsome lead in Saturday's penultimate 20th stage won by Australia's Michael Rogers. Quintana came home in a pack ahead of his closest rival Rigoberto Uran and carries a 3min 7sec lead into Sunday's closing 172km flat run. … [Read more...]

Quintana Defends At Giro d’Italia Stage 19 TT

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MONTE GRAPPA , Italy, May 30, 2014 (AFP) - Colombia's Nairo Quintana, wearing the leader's pink jersey, closed in on victory by winning the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia on the slopes of Monte Grappa on Friday. The Movistar rider consolidated his race lead two days before the finish as he crossed 17sec ahead of Italy's Fabio Aru following a 26.8km time-trial. Colombian Rigoberto … [Read more...]

Giro d’Italia Stage 17 See’s Another Break Success

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MILAN, May 28, 2014 (AFP) - Italian Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani-CSF) held off a small group of chasers in the home straight to claim his maiden Giro d'Italia victory from the race's 17th stage on Wednesday. Race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) crossed the finish line with the main peloton and his closest rivals nearly 15 minutes later following a 208km trek from Sarnonico to Vittorio … [Read more...]

Nairo Quintana Climbs Into The Pink Jersey

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MILAN, May 27, 2014 (AFP) - Colombian climber Nairo Quintana completed an epic day of racing on the Giro d'Italia by claiming victory on a controversy-hit 16th stage and the race leader's jersey from compatriot Rigoberto Uran. Quintana's hopes of competing for the overall title this year suffered a blow when he tumbled down the standings to 3min 29sec behind Uran after the first two … [Read more...]