Cummings Powers To Tour de France Stage 7 Win As Arch Collapses

Tour de France stage 7

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Lac de Payolle, France, July 8, 2016 (AFP) - Stephen Cummings extended the Afro-British domination of the Tour de France by winning Friday's seventh stage in the Pyrenees, but there was a bloody finish when an inflatable arch collapsed. The 35-year-old's victory was a fourth in seven stages both for Brits and for the African team Dimension … [Read more...]

Greg Van Avermaet Takes “Best Jersey In World At Tour Stage 5

Tour de France stage 5

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Le Lioran, France, July 6, 2016 (AFP) - Greg Van Avermaet rode into the "best jersey in the world", the coveted race leader's yellow jersey as he won Wednesday's fifth stage of the Tour de France. It was a second stage win for the cobbled classics specialist who also won stage 13 last year. And it continued a great year for Van … [Read more...]

Nibali Wins A Dramatic 99th Running Of The Giro d’Italia

Turin, Italy, May 29, 2016 (AFP) - Astana's Vincenzo Nibali secured his second Giro d'Italia triumph on Sunday after topping a dramatic 99th edition that saw key rival Steven Kruijswijk agonisingly crash during the final stages. Germany's Nikias Arndt, of the Giant team, celebrated winning the final stage into Turin although it came only after Giacomo Nizzolo, of the Trek team, was stripped … [Read more...]

Nibali Doubles Up At Giro d’Italia With Stage 20 Success

Sant'Anna di Vinadio, Italie, May 28, 2016 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali all but secured a second Giro d'Italia success with a brave ride to sixth place on Saturday's 20th and penultimate stage. Starting the day second at 44sec behind leader Esteban Chaves, Italian Nibali put 1min 36sec into the Colombian to snatch the pink jersey. Sunday's flat, final stage from Cuneo to Torino is little … [Read more...]

Nibali Finally Sees Stage Success, As Chaves Takes Lead At Giro d’Italia

Risoul, France, May 27, 2016 (AFP) - Italy's Vincenzo Nibali of Astana escaped alone to a summit-finish victory in the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Friday whilst Colombia's Esteban Chaves rode into the pink jersey by coming third on the day. Pre-race favorite Nibali, 31, had been thought to be dead and buried at this Giro after starting the day fourth overall at 4min 43sec, but is now … [Read more...]

Kruijswijk Stretches Lead, Valverde Gets His Maiden Giro Win

Milan, May 24, 2016 (AFP) - Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk moved closer to a history-making Giro d'Italia triumph Tuesday after stretching his lead over Esteban Chaves and Vincenzo Nibali in a thrilling 16th stage won by Alejandro Valverde. Kruijswijk, of the Lotto team, started the hilly 132 km race from Bressanone to Andalo with a 2min 12sec lead on Colombian Chaves (Orica) and 2:51 on 2013 … [Read more...]

Chaves Wins Epic Giro Queen’s Stage, As Kruijswijk In Pink Jersey

Giro d'Italia 2016 Stage 14

Corvara, Italy, May 21, 2016 (AFP) - Colombian Esteban Chaves snatched victory on an epic 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia Saturday that saw Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk take the pink jersey and favorite Vincenzo Nibali boost his overall victory hopes. Costa Rican Andrey Amador had started the 210km stage from Alpago to Corvara -- considered the race's 'Queen Stage' -- as the new race leader … [Read more...]

Sky’s Nieve Solos To Stage 13 Giro Win, Amador Grabs Pink Jersey

Giro d'Italia 2016 stage 13

Cividale del Friuli, Italy, May 20, 2016 (AFP) - Spanish climber Mikel Nieve soloed to victory on stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia on Friday putting a smile back on Sky team's face after they lost their leader Mikel Landa to illness this week. The overall pink leader's jersey switched hands again after a tough mountain run, Movistar's Andrey Amador taking charge after the Costa Rican rider … [Read more...]

Brambilla At The Double As Dumoulin Struggles At Giro d’Italia

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Arezzo, Italy, May 14, 2016 (AFP) - An audacious solo attack on the tough white chalk roads of the Giro d'Italia eighth stage saw Italian Gianluca Brambilla rewarded with a prestigious win and the race leader's pink jersey Saturday. Etixx team rider Brambilla had been in an earlier escape of 13 riders on the tough, 186 km ride from Foligno to Arezzo. But having earmarked the stage, the … [Read more...]

Wellens Claims Maiden Giro Stage, Dumoulin Impresses In Pink

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Roccaraso, Italy, May 12, 2016 (AFP) - Belgium's Tim Wellens enjoyed a red letter day on the Giro d'Italia on Thursday with his maiden Grand Tour stage win as Tom Dumoulin held onto the leader's pink jersey. The 25-year-old Wellens broke early and powered up the final 18 kilometer climb to Roccaraso to come home alone after the 157km sixth stage. On the 2016 Giro's first gentle taste … [Read more...]