Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez Announces His Retirement After 17 Years

Madrid, Dec 9, 2016 (AFP) - Veteran Spanish rider Joaquim 'Purito' Rodriguez announced he is to retire on Friday, bringing to an end a successful 17-year career. "After taking my time to think, and trying to come back to a working routine, I realized it is not possible for me," Rodriguez, 37, said in a statement posted on his Instagram account. "That's why I have taken, with the help … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Out Of Spanish Road Race For Health Concerns

Madrid, June 24, 2016 (AFP) - Tour de France hopeful Alberto Contador has pulled out of this weekend's Spanish road race championships citing health concerns just a week ahead of the start of cycling's top tour. "Hello everyone! I'm sorry to say that because of health concerns I won't be taking part in the nationals this weekend (Saturday). I hope it's a good race," the double Tour de France … [Read more...]

Dumoulin Takes Pole Position At Vuelta With Time Trial Win

Burgos, Spain, Sept 9, 2015 (AFP) - Dutchman Tom Dumoulin moved into pole position to claim his first Grand Tour title at Spain's Vuelta by storming to victory in Wednesday's time-trial to move into the overall lead by three seconds. Dumoulin posted a best time of 46min 01sec to take the 38.7km 17th stage around Burgos by over a minute from Poland's Maciej Bodnar and Spaniard Alejandro … [Read more...]

Schleck Wins Vuelta Stage 16, As Rodriguez Finally In Red

Alto Ermita de Alba, Spain, Sept 7, 2015 (AFP) - Luxembourg's Frank Schleck won Monday's 16th stage of Spain's Vuelta at Alto Ermita de Alba with another veteran, Spaniard Joaquim 'Purito' Rodriguez, taking the leader's red jersey. Schleck, 35, the older brother of former Tour de France winner Andy Schleck, came home alone after outsprinting his final challenger, Colombian Rodolfo … [Read more...]

Aru Keeps Lead By A Thread, As Rodriguez Wins Vuelta Stage 15

Sostres, Spain, Sept 6, 2015 (AFP) - Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez claimed the 15th stage of Spain's Vuelta to move within one second of overall leader Fabio Aru on Sunday. Rodriguez, 36, was strongest on the 12.7km category one climb to the finish of the 175.8km ride from Comillas to Sostres to win from Poland's Rafal Majka and fellow-Spaniard Daniel Moreno. Aru, who is bidding to go … [Read more...]

Froome Retains Lead, As Rodriguez Wins Tour de France Stage 12

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Plateau de Beille, France, July 16, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome controlled a series of tentative attacks from his rivals as Joaquim Rodriguez won his second stage of this year's Tour de France on Thursday. Rodriguez, 36, was part of an original 22-man breakaway that gradually split up over the 195km trek from Lannemezan to Plateau de Beille … [Read more...]

Joaquim Rodriguez Wins The 2015 Tour of Basque Country

Aia, Spain, April 11, 2015 (AFP) - Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez claimed overall victory at the Tour of the Basque Country thanks to the second fastest time in Saturday's race-against-the-clock. The Katusha rider, who won stages three and four, came into the final day time-trial level with Sergio Henao but outpaced the Colombian by 13 seconds on the hilly 18.3km stretch through Aia. … [Read more...]

Rodriguez Wins Again In Basque Country, Henao Retains Lead

Arrate, Spain, April 9, 2015 (AFP) - Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez claimed his second stage victory in as many days at the Tour of the Basque Country on Thursday as Colombia's Sergio Henao maintained the overall lead. Just as in winning on Wednesday, Rodriguez had the stronger final kick after a series of challenging climbs to take the 162.2km fourth stage from Zumarraga to Arrate ahead of … [Read more...]