Spain’s Team Movistar Is Top Of The 2014 WorldTour Rankings

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PARIS, Oct 14, 2014 (AFP) - Star turns from Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde saw the Spanish cycling outfit Movistar end the WorldTour season as the top ranked team for 2014. The 2014 season was a personal triumph for Movistar's 34-year-old team leader Valverde, who topped the UCI Pro Tour rankings for a third time after previous success in 2006 and 2008. The team's … [Read more...]

Contador’s Vuelta Victory Sets Up Thrilling 2015 Tour

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, Sept 15, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador's Vuelta a Espana victory was not just significant for this season but also helps to set up a potentially thrilling 2015 Tour de France. As long as no-one suffers any debilitating injuries, next season's Tour de France could see the three reigning Grand Tour winners lining up alongside … [Read more...]

Nairo Quintana Out Of Vuelta a Espana After Crash

MADRID, Sept 03, 2014 (AFP) - Favourite Nairo Quintana was taken to hospital after abandoning the Vuelta a Espana having crashed for the second day in a row, organisers said Wednesday. The 24-year-old Colombian, winner of the Giro d'Italia earlier in May, had crashed in Tuesday's 10th stage individual time-trial. That cost him the race lead as he finished more than 4min down on … [Read more...]

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...]