From Broken Leg To Triumph, Contador’s Vuelta Comeback

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, Sept 14, 2014 (AFP) - When Alberto Contador climbed off his bicycle in floods of tears on the 10th stage of July's Tour de France, his season seemed to be over. The popular Spaniard had built his entire campaign around aiming to dethrone Chris Froome at the Grand Boucle and win the world's greatest cycle race for a third … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Closes In On 2014 Tour of Spain Title

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PUERTO DE ANCARES, Spain, Sept 13, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador is on the brink of claiming a third Tour of Spain victory after winning Saturday's 20th and penultimate stage over 185.7km from Santo Estevo de Ribas to Puerto de Ancares. With only Sunday's 9.7km timetrial left, Contador is virtually certain to claim overall victory in Santiago de … [Read more...]

Robert Gesink Withdrawals From Vuelta a Espana For Family Reasons

The Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM is sad to announce that Robert Gesink will leave the Vuelta a España due to private circumstances. The Team Belkin leader chooses to rush to Holland to be with his family. “My pregnant wife has undergone surgery twice this past week. Her situation has not improved and she is still in the hospital. I will immediately leave the Vuelta to be with my family, who … [Read more...]

Chris Froome and Alberto Contador Battle On Tour of Spain Stage 18

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MONTE CASTROVE, Spain, Sept 11, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's Fabio Aru sprinted to victory in Thursday's 18th stage of the Tour of Spain as Briton Chris Froome closed in on overall race leader Alberto Contador of Spain. Astana rider Aru, already winner at altitude on the 11th stage at San Miguel de Aralar, benefited on the final sprint from the support of Sky team leader Froome, who clawed … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Holds Lead At Tour of Spain Stage 17

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Stage 17 of Vuelta a España was concluded in a bunch sprint without changes in the overall classification after 190.7 kilometers of racing in the undulating terrain of Galicia. Tinkoff-Saxo and team leader Alberto Contador got through the stage safely and saved as much energy as possible for the final four stages of Vuelta a España. Sport director Steven de Jongh was happy with the outcome. … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Wins Stage 16, Extends Lead At Tour of Spain

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LA FARRAPONA , Spain, Sept 08, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador moved a huge step closer to his third Tour of Spain victory as he saw off Britain's Chris Froome to win a gruelling 160.5 km stage from San Martin del Rey Aurelio to La Farrapona on Monday. Contador's first stage victory of the race in a time of 4hr 53min 35sec took his overall lead to 1min 36sec over compatriot Alejandro … [Read more...]

Przemyslaw Niemiec Wins, Contador Lead Cut At Tour of Spain Stage 15

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LAGOS DE COVADONGA, Spain, Sept 07, 2014 (AFP) - Poland's Przemyslaw Niemiec won the 15th stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday as Alejandro Valverde cut fellow Spaniard Alberto Contador's overall lead. Niemiec was part of an early breakaway group and held on for his first Grand Tour stage victory in a time of 4hr 11min 09sec over the 152.2km ride from Oviedo to Lagos de Covadonga. … [Read more...]

Ryder Hesjedal Squeeks Out A Win At Tour of Spain Stage 14

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LA CAMPERONA, Spain, Sept 06, 2014 (AFP) - Canada's Ryder Hesjedal pipped Swiss rider Oliver Zaugg in a brutal climb to the finish line to win the 14th stage of the Vuelta a Espana as Alberto Contador extended his overall lead on Saturday. Zaugg looked to have the stage victory wrapped up when he broke away from the leading group with two kilometres of the 8.3km climb to the end of … [Read more...]

Dani Navarro Wins Tour of Spain Stage 13th

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OBREGON, Spain, Sept 05, 2014 (AFP) - Spain's Dani Navarro claimed his first Grand Tour stage victory as he won the 188.7km 13th stage of the Vuelta a Espana from Belorado to Obregon on Friday as compatriot Alberto Contador retained his overall lead. Navarro make a break on the short climb to the finish line through Parque de Cabarceno with little over two kilometres to go and had just … [Read more...]

John Degenkolb Wins Third Tour of Spain Stage

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LOGROóO, Spain, Sept 04, 2014 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb won for the third time on the Tour of Spain as he triumphed in a sprint finish on the 166.4km 12th stage around Logrono, whilst Spain's Alberto Contador maintained his overall lead on Thursday. In a reduced sprint due to a crash in the closing stages, Degenkolb added to his victories in the third and fourth stages as he … [Read more...]