Aru’s Time Comes At End Of Wacky Vuelta A Espana

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By Kieran CANNING Madrid, Sept 14, 2015 (AFP) - Italy's Fabio Aru is finally a Grand Tour winner after upsetting the odds to claim a gruelling 70th edition of Spain's Vuelta on the race's 80th anniversary. Aru had three top-five Grand Tour finishes to his name before arriving in Spain three weeks ago, most recently losing out to Alberto Contador on home soil at the Giro d'Italia … [Read more...]

Stuyven Wins Crash-Dominated Vuelta 8th Stage

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By Kieran CANNING Murcia, Spain, Aug 29, 2015 (AFP) - Belgian Jasper Stuyven took victory despite suffering a broken bone in his wrist on the eighth stage of Spain's Vuelta on a day dominated by high-profile crashes. Ireland's Dan Martin, who was lying third in the overall classification overnight, and American Tejay van Garderen were forced to withdraw from … [Read more...]

Lindeman Wins Vuelta Stage 7 As Froome Struggles In Heat

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Alto de Capileira, Spain, Aug 28, 2015 (AFP) - Dutch rider Bert Jan Lindeman won Friday's seventh stage of Spain's Vuelta at La Alpujarra summit during a first stage in the mountains which proved gruelling for Britain's Chris Froome. The Lotto-Jumbo rider withstood the searing Andalusian heat, powering ahead of Belarusian Ilia Koshevoy of Lampre and Italy's Fabio Aru of Astana at … [Read more...]

Valverde Nips Sagan To Win Vuelta A Espana Stage 4

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By Kieran CANNING Vejer de la Frontera, Spain, Aug 25, 2015 (AFP) - Spaniard Alejandro Valverde claimed victory on the fourth stage of Spain's Vuelta on Tuesday as Slovakia's Peter Sagan again had to settle for second place. Sagan won his first Grand Tour stage for two years on Monday after finishing second five times at the Tour de France last month, but … [Read more...]

The 70th Tour of Spain Returns For A Madrid Finish

Madrid, Jan 13, 2015 - The 70th edition of the Tour of Spain will see the race return to Madrid on its 80th anniversary after a break from tradition to finish in Santiago de Compostela in 2014. One of cycling's three grand tours, the gruelling 21-stage race will start with a 7.4 kilometre team time-trial in Marbella on Saturday, August 22 and finish with a parade around the centre of … [Read more...]

The 2015 Tour of Spain List Of The 21 Stages

Madrid, Jan 10, 2015 - A list of the stages for the 70th Tour of Spain to be held between August 22 and September 13, 2015: Stage 1: Saturday August 22 - Puerto Banus to Marbella 7.4km team time-trial Stage 2: Sunday August 23 - Alhaurin de la Torre to Caminito del Rey, 165km Stage 3: Monday August 24 - Mijas to Malaga, 164.6km Stage 4: Tuesday August 25 - Estepona to Vejer … [Read more...]

Spain Protests French TV’s Ridicule On Sports Drugs

MADRID, Feb 9, 2012 (AFP) - Spain launched a diplomatic protest Thursday over a satirical puppet show on French TV that implied cyclist Alberto Contador and tennis great Rafael Nadal are drugs cheats. "I spoke last night and this morning with our ambassador in Paris," Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo told a news conference in a growing crisis over the puppet show, which … [Read more...]

The Hills Await 2012 Vuelta Riders

MADRID, Jan 11, 2012 (AFP) - This year's Tour of Spain will start in Pamplona on August 18 with a team time trial and the winner unveiled in Madrid on September 9 after a string of demanding stages including six that finish at altitude. One of those climbs is the dreaded Cuitu Negru in the northern Asturias province, graded in parts at 20 percent. The opening time trial in Pamplona … [Read more...]

Spanish Police Make Arrests In Doping Probe

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MADRID, Feb 18, 2011 - Police in Spain's Catalonia region have dismantled a network that trafficked in performance-enhancing drugs, arresting seven amateur sportsmen, they said Friday. Among the substances seized was clenbuterol, the drug for which three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador tested positive last year before being cleared of any wrongdoing by Spain's cycling … [Read more...]

UCI Urges Spain To Get Serious In Doping Fight

Spain should be doing more to prevent doping in cycling, International Cycling Union (UCI) chief Pat McQuaid said on Saturday. McQuaid was speaking two days after Tour de France champion Alberto Contador was provisionally suspended after a positive test for clenbuterol, which the Spaniard has blamed on food contamination. While Contador's case gives the UCI a dilemma because of the … [Read more...]