Tour of Basque Country Stage 4 Report and Results

MADRID, April 10, 2014 (AFP) - Dutch rider Wouter Poels of the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team won the fourth stage of the Tour of Basque Country on Thursday as Alberto Contador maintained his overall lead. However, Spanish star Contador, of the Tinkoff-Saxo team, saw his compatriot Alejandro Valverde shave two seconds off his race lead, which now stands at 12 seconds. Poels won the … [Read more...]

Contador Takes Tour of Basque Country Stage One

MADRID, April 07, 2014 (AFP) - Former two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) won the first stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Monday following a 153.4km ride around Ordizia in northern Spain. The 31-year-old Spaniard came home 14 seconds clear of Movistar rider and compatriot Alejandro Valverde after the two men broke clear of the pack 8km from home. … [Read more...]

Sanchez Wins Stage 3 To Take Tour of Basque Country Lead

ARRATE, Spain, April 4, 2012 (AFP) - Spain's Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez won the third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Wednesday, a 164km ride from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Arrate. The 34-year-old Euskaltel rider also took the overall lead from Jose Joaquin Rojas as he beat home compatriot Joaquim Rodriguez and American Chris Horner in a mountain-top finish. Stage … [Read more...]

Impey Wins Second Stage of Tour of Basque Country

MADRID, April 3, 2012 - South African Daryl Impey, riding for the GreenEdge team, won the second stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Tuesday. Impey beat home Australian team-mate Allan Davis and Italian Sky rider Davide Appolonio at the end of the 165.7km run between Guenes and Vitoria-Gasteiz. Spanish cycling champion Jose Joaquin Rojas, who won the first stage, retained … [Read more...]

Rojas Wins Stage1 of Tour of Basque Country

GUENES, Spain, April 2, 2012 (AFP) - Spanish cycling champion Jose Joaquin Rojas won the 153km first stage of the Tour of the Basque Country here on Monday. Rojas beat home Dutchman Wouter Poels and Fabian Wegmann of Germany in a sprint finish. Stage and overall 1. Jose Joaquin Rojas (ESP/Movistar) 3hr 57min 44sec, 2. Wouter Poels (NED/Vacansoleil) same time, 3. Fabian Wegmann … [Read more...]

Injured Leipheimer Out Of The Tour of Basque Country

Audenarde, Belgium, April 1, 2012 (AFP) - America's Levi Leipheimer pulled out of this week's Tour of the Basque Country on Sunday after injuring his left leg in a training accident, his Omega Pharma team said. Leipheimer, 38, hurt his leg when he was involved in a collision with a car as he trained alone for the event in Spain which starts on Monday. He didn't suffer any broken … [Read more...]

Kloden Gets The Win At Tour of Basque Country

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MADRID, April 9, 2011 - German Andreas Kloeden of RadioShack won the Tour of the Basque country on Saturday after HTC compatriot Tony Martin took the sixth and final stage - a 24km individual time-trial at Zalla. Kloeden, who previously won the event racing for Deutsche Telekom, placed second on the day as he landed the overall title for the second time after 2000. The champion, … [Read more...]

Ailing Basso Ends Basque Country Campaign

PARIS, April 6, 2011 (AFP) - Tour of Italy champion Ivan Basso pulled out of the Tour of the Basque Country on Wednesday due to illness, his Liquigas team announced. "We'd rather be safe than sorry," said team manager Roberto Amadio. "Ivan needs to get home and undergo some proper medical examinations. We don't want to risk upsetting the rest of his race calendar." Basso came … [Read more...]

Kiryienka Wins In Basque Country; Kloden Takes Lead

Germany's Andreas Kloeden of the RadioShack team took the overall leader's jersey after the second stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Tuesday which was won by Belarus rider Vasil Kiryienka. Moviestar's Kiryienka clocked 4hr 06min 39sec after the 163km run from Zumarraga to Lekunberri to finish two seconds ahead of Kloeden and Luxembourg's Andy Schleck of the Leopard team. Kloeden … [Read more...]

Rodriguez Wins Basque Tour Stage 1

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MADRID, April 4, 2011 - Spaniard Joaquin Rodriguez, riding for the Katusha team, on Monday won a sprint finish for the 151.2km first stage of the Tour of the Basque Country around Zumarraga. Rodriguez clocked 4hr 02min 22sec to finish just ahead of compatriot Samuel Sanchez, riding for Euskaltel, who is one of the race favorites, and Germany's Andreas Kloeden of RadioShack. The … [Read more...]