Lobato Nails Hill Win, Nizzolo Takes Dubai Lead On Stage 3

Dubai, Feb 5, 2016 (AFP) - Spain's Juan Jose Lobato clinched a summit finish victory in the key stage three of the Tour of Dubai on Friday as Italy's Giacomo Nizzolo seized the overall leader's blue jersey. Finishing the race at the steep Hatta Dam way after a 172km ride through the city and the desert, the Movistar man also seized second place in the overall standings from Germany's … [Read more...]

Ewan Wins Sun Tour Stage 2, Sky Protect Overall Lead

Melbourne, Feb 5, 2016 (AFP) - Caleb Ewan won a tough second stage of the Herald Sun Tour in Australia on Friday, but Team Sky's Peter Kennaugh and Chris Froome did enough to stay on top in the overall standings. Rising Australian sprinter Ewan, who won two stages of the Tour Down Under last month, completed the 144.2-kilometre stage in three hours, 29 minutes and six seconds. The … [Read more...]

Froome Shows Early Class As Team Sky Take Over At Sun Tour

Melbourne, Feb 4, 2016 (AFP) - British national champion Peter Kennaugh stormed through the first stage of the Herald Sun Tour on Thursday with Chris Froome at his side as Team Sky took charge. The pair broke away after 97 kilometres (60.3 miles) of the 126.1-kilometre stage through Victoria's Yarra Valley and could not be caught. The Sky leaders shared the winning time of three hours, … [Read more...]

Clarke Repeats Sun Tour Win, Froome Happy To ‘Stay Ipright’

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Melbourne, Feb 3, 2016 (AFP) - William Clarke won the prologue to the Herald Sun Tour in Melbourne on Wednesday with Briton Chris Froome satisfied with his down the pack finish. Drapac Pro Cycling rider Clarke was repeating his prologue victory from last year in the five-stage race which Froome has targeted as a springboard to a busy year. The double Tour de France champion is eyeing a … [Read more...]

Kittel Edges Out Cavendish On Stage One of Dubai Tour

Dubai, Feb 3, 2016 (AFP) - German sprinter Marcel Kittel won the first stage of the Tour of Dubai on Wednesday when he edged out last year's winner, Britain's Mark Cavendish, in a bunch sprint. After the 173km run from the Dubai Marine Club to Fujairah, Italy's Giacomo Nizzolo came in third with the top three picking up time bonuses of 10, six and four seconds, giving the three the lead in … [Read more...]

Chris Froome To Test Early Form At Herald Sun Tour

Melbourne, Australia, Feb 2, 2016 (AFP) - Tour de France winner Chris Froome launches his season Wednesday in Australia's Herald Sun Tour looking for a "good test" to gauge his form. "It's been almost five months now since my last race so I'm not too sure what to expect," said the Kenyan-born Briton. "Training has gone well throughout the winter and I've had a good block of training … [Read more...]

2016 Amgen Tour of California Routes Announced With Surprises

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Millions Expected to Line Nearly 800 Scenic Miles to Cheer on Premier Men and Women Cyclists in Eleventh Annual Event LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2016) – The 2016 Amgen Tour of California route was released today, revealing a scenic but challenging course across nearly 800 miles of California’s most beautiful terrain where the world’s most accomplished cyclists will compete for the … [Read more...]

Simon Gerrans Captures Record Fourth Tour Down Under

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Adelaide, Australia, Jan 24, 2016 (AFP) - Australian Simon Gerrans claimed a record fourth Tour Down Under when he finished safely in the peloton after the 90-kilometre final stage on Sunday. Gerrans finished the UCI season-opening race nine seconds ahead of fellow countryman Richie Porte of BMC Racing. Colombia's Sergio Henao from Team Sky was third overall, 11 seconds behind … [Read more...]

Porte Wins Tour Down Under Stage 5 On Willunga Hill

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Adelaide, Australia, Jan 23, 2016 (AFP) - Richie Porte powered his way to win the fifth stage of the Tour Down Under on Willunga Hill Saturday as fellow Australian Simon Gerrans consolidated his hold on first place overall. With one day left in the season-opening UCI World Tour race, Orica GreenEdge rider Gerrans leads Porte (BMC Racing) by nine seconds with Colombia's Sergio Henao (Sky) a … [Read more...]

Gerrans On His Way To Fourth Tour Down Under Title

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Adelaide, Australia, Jan 22, 2016 (AFP) - Australian Simon Gerrans won a feisty sprint finish to claim Friday's 138-kilometer fourth stage of the Tour Down Under, setting himself up for his fourth overall victory in the event. Gerrans, who also won Thursday's third stage in a sprint, has the advantage going into the fifth stage, a 151.5-kilometer stretch from McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill on … [Read more...]