Nairo Quintana Takes Lead At Tour of Spain Stage 9

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ARAMON VALDELINARES, Spain, Aug 31, 2014 (AFP) - Colombian Winner Anacona was victorious in the ninth stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday as his compatriot Nairo Quintana moved ahead in the general classification. Anacona broke clear on the 8km, first category climb to the finish of the 185km stage from Carboneras de Guadazon to Aramon Valdelinares to move into fourth place overall … [Read more...]

Nacer Bouhanni Is For Real Winning Tour of Spain Stage 8

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ALBACETE, Spain, Aug 30, 2014 (AFP) - France's Nacer Bouhanni won his second stage of the Vuelta a Espana in controversial circumstances as he edged out Australia's Michael Matthews at the finish line of Saturday's 207km eighth stage from Baeza to Albacete. Bouhanni appeared to cut across Matthews as he surged for the line in a time of 4hr 29 mins with Slovakian Peter Sagan in third. … [Read more...]

Alessandro de Marchi Sprints To Win Tour of Spain Stage 7

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ALCAUDETE, Spain, Aug 29, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's Alessandro de Marchi sprinted home alone to win the seventh stage of the Tour of Spain on Friday as Spaniard Alejandro Valverde held the race lead. Cannondale's de Marchi, 28, shook off his three breakaway rivals with 15km to go, holding off all their attempts to catch him after the mountainous 169km ride from Alhendin to Alcaudete. … [Read more...]

Tour of Spain Set For Costa del Sol Start In 2015

MADRID, Aug 28, 2014 - The Tour of Spain will start in the Costa del Sol to celebrate its 80th anniversary next year. Ahead of this year's sixth stage in Benalmadena on Thursday, organisers said that the race will start with three or four stages in the Malaga region. It is also expected that the final stage of the race will return to Madrid in 2015. The capital doesn't … [Read more...]

John Degenkolb Wins 2nd Straight Tour of Spain Stage

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MADRID, Aug 27, 2014 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb won his second stage of the Tour of Spain in as many days in a controversial finish on Wednesday as Australian Michael Matthews extended his overall lead. France's Nacer Bouhanni, who won the second stage, claimed he was blocked out by Degenkolb as he tried to pass at the finish line of the 180km stage from Priego de Cordoba to … [Read more...]

Michael Matthews Keeps Lead, Degenkolb Wins Stage 4

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CORDOVA, Spain, Aug 26, 2014 (AFP) - Australian rider Michael Matthews remains the overall leader of the Tour of Spain after Germany's John Degenkolb won Tuesday's fourth stage, a 164.7-km ride from Mairena del Alcor to Cordoba. Degenkolb, second in this year's Paris-Roubaix one day classic, crossed the line ahead of Spaniard Vicente Reynes with Matthews in third after … [Read more...]

Michael Matthews Takes Win And Lead At Tour of Spain

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ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA, Spain, Aug 25, 2014 (AFP) - Australian rider Michael Matthews won the third stage of the Tour of Spain and took the overall race lead as he prevailed in a sprint finish ahead of Irishman Dan Martin and Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez on Monday. The 23-year-old Orica GreenEdge rider, who won two stages in the Vuelta last year, crossed the line in a time of 5hr 12min 14sec … [Read more...]

Nacer Bouhanni Sprints To Victory At Tour of Spain

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MADRID, Aug 24, 2014 (AFP) - France's Nacer Bouhanni sprinted to victory in the 174.4km second stage of the Tour of Spain from Algeciras to San Fernando on Sunday. Bouhanni, riding for FDJ, finished in a time of 4hr 01min 32sec, just ahead of German John Degenkolb and Italy's Roberto Ferrari. Movistar's Alejandro Valverde moved into the overall lead with team-mate and race … [Read more...]

Dream Start For Nairo Quintana’s Movistar In Tour of Spain

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JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, Spain, Aug 23, 2014 (AFP) - Giro d'Italia champion Nairo Quintana got his quest to win the Tour of Spain off to a flying start as his Movistar team won the opening stage team time trial on Saturday. Spaniard Jonathan Castroviejo led his team to victory in a time of 14min 13sec to take the leader's jersey, six seconds ahead of Cannondale and Orica Green-Edge. … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Back To Challenge Quintana In Spain

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by Kieran CANNING MADRID, Aug 22, 2014 (AFP) - Chris Froome will go head-to-head with in-form Colombian rider Nairo Quintana when the final Grand Tour of the season, the Tour of Spain, gets underway in Jerez on Saturday. Froome's defence of the Tour de France was ended by hand injuries after a series of nasty falls just five stages into the race last month, but he has recovered … [Read more...]