Italy’s Pozzato of Liquigas Takes First Golden Jersey Of The Tour of Spain

Italian team Liquigas won the first stage of the Tour of Spain on Saturday, a time trial of 7.7 kilometres in the southwestern city of Granada, that saw Filippo Pozzato take the first golden jersey of the race for the overall leader. The Italian side came ahead of two Spanish teams: Euskaltel by eight seconds and Caisse d'Epargne by nine seconds. "It was a nice victory for the whole … [Read more...]

Contador Out To Excite Home Fans In Tour of Spain

by Denholm Barnetson MADRID, Aug 29, 2008 (AFP) - Spain's Alberto Contador will be aiming for a unique treble when the third of the year's Grand Tours gets underway in his home country on Saturday. But two of his compatriots -- Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre and double Liege-Bastogne-Liege victor Alejandro Valverde -- may be the ones to spoil the party. Having already … [Read more...]

Sastre Going for Another Big Result

On Saturday August 30th we've reached this year's final Grand Tour, Vuelta a España. The race kicks off in the Southern part of Spain – more specifically in Andalucía with a spectacular view of the largest mountains in Spain: Sierra Nevadas. At the foot of the impressive Alhambra Palace the first 7.7 of the Vuelta's 3,131 kilometers will be taking place in the form of a team time trial. … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Leads Team Astana in the Tour of Spain

Astana Cycling Team General Manager Johan Bruyneel and Sports Director Alain Gallopin announced the nine riders who will participate in the Tour of Spain, starting this Saturday, August 30th, in Granada. The nine riders are: Assan Bazayev, Alberto Contador, Andreas Klöden, Levi Leipheimer, Dmitriy Muravyev, Benjamín Noval, Sérgio Paulinho, José Luis Rubiera and Tomas … [Read more...]

Andreas Kloden of Astana To Compete At The Tour of Spain

RENNES, France, Aug 24, 2008 (AFP) - German rider Andreas Kloden, who was twice runner-up in the Tour de France, will compete in the Tour of Spain from August 30 to September 21, his Astana team said Sunday. Kloden, opted for the Vuelta over the Tour of Germany, to support Spanish teammate Alberto Contador, winner of the 2007 Tour de France and 2008 Giro d'Italia. Kloden, runner-up in … [Read more...]

Levi Leipheimer Wins Clásica a los Puertos. Alberto Contador Is Second

Astana Cycling Team ready for the Tour of Spain. Levi Leipheimer was the best rider in the 31st Clásica Internacional a los Puertos de Guadarrama, a preparatory race for the Tour of Spain, which starts next Saturday in Granada. Leipheimer won after a solo effort of 20 kilometers. The Olympic time-trial bronze medalist had an advantage of 41 seconds on teammate Alberto Contador. “This is … [Read more...]

Aussie Cadel Evans Out Of Tour of Spain

BRUSSELS, Aug 20, 2008 (AFP) - Cadel Evans will not be in the Silence-Lotto team competing in the Tour of Spain, starting on August 30 at Granada, the team announced on its website. The Belgium-based outfit has left the Australian out of the Vuelta, which finishes on September 21 in Madrid. The 31-year-old, who injured his knee in the aftermath of finishing second overall in the Tour … [Read more...]

Chris Horner Out For Tour of Spain / Astana in Spain and France

Chris Horner (Astana Cycling Team) broke his left collar bone after a crash in the final sprint of the 2nd stage of the Tour of Elk Grove, IL, USA on August, 2nd. Chris Horner was able to finish the race (as 34th) but was transported to a nearby hospital where the break was diagnosed. Chris Horner (36), who earlier finished second in the time trial, was preparing for the Tour of Spain (Vuelta … [Read more...]

Contador Predicts Cadel Evans Is Tour Favorite For Tour de France

MADRID, June 24, 2008 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Alberto Contador of Spain has given cycling rival Cadel Evans a pre-race boost by predicting the Australian will win this year's July 5-27 race. Contador, who recently won the Giro d'Italia despite a last-gasp invitation for his Astana team, will not defend his Tour title because Astana, who were embroiled in a number of doping cases last … [Read more...]

Tour Chiefs Eye Vuelta Takeover

Tour Chiefs Eye Vuelta Takeover MADRID, Feb 8, 2008 (AFP) - Organisers of the world's biggest bike race, the Tour de France, are poised to take over the three-week Tour of Spain, according to press reports here Friday. "Rumours of an agreement between ASO (Amaury Sports Organisation) and Unipublic have been circling for about a year," said Marca Friday. The Spanish sports daily said … [Read more...]