Stef Clement Wins Stage 6 In Catalonia, Rodriguez Maintains Lead

MADRID, March 29, 2014 (AFP) - Dutch rider Stef Clement claimed victory in the sixth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Saturday as Joaquim Rodriguez maintained his overall lead. Belkin's Clement broke for home a kilometre from the end of the 172km ride from El Vendrell to Vilanova to hold off France's Rudy Molard (Cofidis) and Pieter Serry (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) in second and third … [Read more...]

Luka Mezgec Wins Again In Tour of Catalonia

MADRID, March 25, 2014 (AFP) - Slovenia's Luka Mezgec claimed a second stage win in as many days for Giant-Shimano on the second day of the Tour of Catalonia. Mezgec led home Italians Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida) and Daniele Ratto (Cannondale) in a time of 3hrs 57mins 49secs to extend his overall advantage over Ferrari and Australia's Howard Leigh (Orica-GreeEdge) to 14 seconds … [Read more...]

Bradley Wiggins Skipping The Tour of Catalonia

MILAN, March 22, 2014 (AFP) - Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and his Sky team have decided to withdraw the Olympic champion from the Tour of Catalonia which starts Monday, the British team announced on Saturday. The 33-year-old Englishman, who won the 2012 Tour as well as the Olympic time-trial gold medal, has set his sights on the upcoming Paris-Roubaix one-day classic on … [Read more...]

Fit-Again Froome Ready For Contador In Tour Catalonia

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by Kieran CANNING MADRID, March 23, 2014 (AFP) - Tour de France winner Chris Froome will race against Alberto Contador for the first time this season when the seven-stage Tour of Catalonia gets under way on Monday. Both men have been in fine early season form as Froome eased to victory in the Tour of Oman, whilst Contador won the Tirreno-Adriatico 'Race of the Two Seas' last … [Read more...]

Ireland’s Daniel Martin Wins Tour of Catalonia

MADRID, March 24, 2013 (AFP) - Daniel Martin claimed victory in the Tour of Catalonia on Sunday with the Irish rider's lead never seriously threatened on the seventh and final stage in Barcelona. Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) was the winner of the 122km ride from El Vendrell into the Catalan capital as he pipped David Lopez Garcia (Sky) and Robert Kiserlovski (RadioShack-Leopard) on … [Read more...]

Simon Gerrans Wins 6th Stage, Martin Retains Lead At Tour of Catalonia

VALLS, Spain, March 23, 2013 (AFP) - Australian Simon Gerrans won the sixth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Saturday as Ireland's Daniel Martin retained his lead at the top of the overall standings. Gerrans, who rides for Orica-GreenEDGE, prevailed in a sprint finish to the penultimate day's 178.7km run from Almacelles to Valls, beating Belgian Gianni Meersman, already a double stage … [Read more...]

Parisien Wins Catalonia Stage 5, As Martin Extends Overall Lead

MADRID, March 22, 2013 (AFP) - Canadian Francois Parisien won the fifth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Friday as Ireland's Daniel Martin extended his overall lead. Parisien of the Argos-Shimano team took the stage honours on the line as 13 riders finished the 156 kilometre ride from Rialp to Lleida to a time of three hours thirty-two minutes and two seconds. However, Martin … [Read more...]

Martin Makes A Break For It To Win Stage 4 In Catalonia

MADRID, March 21, 2013 (AFP) - Irishman Dan Martin stormed into the lead of the Tour of Catalonia with an impressive victory in the fourth stage of the race on Thursday. The Garmin-Sharp rider surged clear with nearly eight kilometres remaining of the gruelling 217.7km kilometre ride from Comprodon to Port Aine to finish 36 seconds clear of Joaquim Rodriguez and also move 10 seconds … [Read more...]

Race Leader Alejandro Valverde Forced To Abandon Tour of Catalonia

MADRID, March 21, 2013 (AFP) - Race leader Alejandro Valverde has abandoned the Tour of Catalonia after crashing 119 kilometers into the fourth stage of the event on Thursday. The Spanish rider and his Team Movistar team-mate Eros Capecchi both had to withdraw from the race after crashing on a descent towards Seo de Urgel. Valverde continued for another 10 kilometres before finally … [Read more...]

Quintana Wins Tour of Catalonia Third Stage

MADRID, March 20, 2013 (AFP) - Colombia's Nairo Quintana won the 180km third stage of the Tour of Catalonia from Vidreres to the Vallter 2000 ski resort on Wednesday. Quintana pipped Spaniards Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez in a tough uphill finish to claim the win. The Colombian's Movistar team-mate Valverde took over the leader's jersey from Belgium's Gianni Meersman … [Read more...]