Hagen Makes It Four In A Row In Britain

BIDEFORD, England, Sept 17, 2009 (AFP) - Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen claimed a fourth successive stage win to stretch his lead in the Tour of Britain standings to 19 seconds with two stages left to race. The 22-year-old won a sprint finish at the end of the 183.7-km sixth stage in England's west country and he will now expect to hold off second-placed Kai Reus over the course of Friday's … [Read more...]

German Greipel Wins Tour of Spain Fourth Stage

LIEGE, Belgium, Sept 1, 2009 (AFP) - German Andre Greipel of Team Columbia headed a four-man sprint to win the treacherous 225km fourth stage of the Tour of Spain from Venlo in the Netherlands to here on Tuesday. Greipel beat Belgian Wouter Weylandt, and the German duo of Bert Grabsch and Marcel Sieberg to the line just moments after around 40 riders, including overall leader Fabian … [Read more...]

Team Columbia Take Aim At More Stage Success in Spain

Team Columbia believe powerful German sprinter Andre Greipel can help continue their impressive 2009 season once the Tour of Spain clicks into gear this Saturday. Mark Cavendish's stunning haul of six stage wins from this year's Tour de France took his tally to 10 from the last two participation -- and was the highlight of a hugely successful season for the American outfit so far. With … [Read more...]

Boasson Hagen Wins Eneco Tour

Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen of the Columbia team won the Eneco Tour cycling race on Tuesday after dominating the final stage, a 13km individual time-trial. The 22-year-old finished ahead of France's Sylvain Chavanel in the overall standings after the Frenchman clocked the fourth fastest time in the time-trial in the seven-stage ProTour race through Belgium and the Netherlands. Dutch … [Read more...]

Cavendish Makes It A Record Nine Wins At Tour de France

AUBENAS, France, July 24, 2009 (AFP) - Mark Cavendish set a new British record for stage wins on the Tour de France when he sprinted to his fifth win of this year's Tour de France, and ninth overall, on the 19th stage Friday. Cavendish, who rides for Columbia, held off green jersey rival Thor Hushovd of Norway with a wicked turn of pace in the final 200 meters of an uphill sprint after he … [Read more...]

Columbia’s Breakaway Surprised Us All, Admits Boonen

LA GRANDE MOTTE, France, July 6, 2009 (AFP) - Belgian sprint specialist Tom Boonen admitted he was impressed by the speed of Columbia's breakaway 30km before the finish line of Monday's third stage of the Tour de France. The 28-year-old was part of the peloton and along with some leading names - such as Cadel Evans, Alberto Contador, Denis Menchov and defending champion Carlos Sastre - … [Read more...]

Triumphant Cavendish In Green, Cancellara Still In Yellow

by Justin Davis BRIGNOLES, France, July 5, 2009 (AFP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish took his stage victory tally on the Tour de France to five and pulled on the sprinters' green jersey after winning the 187km second stage from Monaco to here Sunday. Fabian Cancellara of Saxo Bank retained the race leader's yellow jersey with an 18sec lead on Spanish race favorite Alberto Contador … [Read more...]

Team Columbia High Road Takes Top 2 Spots In Philadelphia

Team Columbia-Highroad showed that they are the team to beat by going one-two in Philly on Sunday. Andre Greipel took the Philadelphia International Championship win just ahead of his teammate Greg Henderson. Bissell rider Kirk O'Bee took third. Today's race was 156-miles. More Coverage To Come Later..... … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish Wins A Protested Stage 9 Of The Giro

by Jean Montois MILAN, Italy, May 17, 2009 (AFP) - British sprint king Mark Cavendish claimed his first victory of the centenary Tour of Italy on Sunday to hand his dominant Columbia team their fourth win of the race. Cavendish's win followed hours of controversy which left race director Angelo Zomegnan fuming after the entire peloton stopped in their tracks six laps from the end … [Read more...]

Boassen Hagen Wins Giro Stage 7, While Di Luca Still In Pink Jersey

CHIAVENNA, Italy, May 15, 2009 (AFP) - Boasson Hagen of Norway, riding for Columbia, won the seventh stage of the Tour of Italy on Friday at Chiavenna, with LPR's Danilo Di Luca retaining the leader's pink jersey. Hagen emerged the winner from a five-man late escape over the final 20 kilometres launched coming off the Passo Maloja climb to win the 244km rain-hit stage from Innsbruck as the … [Read more...]