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

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

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...]

Bronchitis Rules Chris Horner Out Of Tour of Spain

MADRID, Aug 22, 2014 (AFP) - Reigning champion Chris Horner was pulled out of the Tour of Spain on Friday as treatment he was receiving for bronchitis was deemed a health risk by his Lampre-Merida team. The American was given doses of cortisone after suffering bronchitis during the Tour de France and Tour of Utah and had been cleared to race by the International Cycling Union (UCI). … [Read more...]

CAS Upholds Roman Kreuziger Doping Suspension

GENEVA, Aug 20, 2014 - Czech rider Roman Kreuziger on Wednesday failed in his effort to enter the Tour of Spain, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a provisional suspension amid a doping probe. The CAS said it had rejected Kreuziger's appeal, which he filed on August 5 in a last-ditch effort to join this year's edition of the Vuelta, which begins on Saturday. "In … [Read more...]

Chris Froome To Lead Team Sky at Vuelta

MADRID, Aug 18, 2014 (AFP) - Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at the Tour of Spain after overcoming the hand and wrist injuries which forced him to abandon his defence of the Tour de France last month. The 21-stage Tour gets under way on Saturday with a team time trial through Jerez de la Frontera. Froome was forced to retire from the Tour de France after just five stages following … [Read more...]

A Fit Again Alberto Contador To Race Tour of Spain

PARIS, Aug 14, 2014 - Alberto Contador, who was forced out of the Tour de France on Bastille Day with a broken shinbone, intends to start the Tour of Spain after all, he announced on Thursday. At the end of July Contador had ruled himself out of the Vuelta, which begins on August 23 in Jerez, having crashed hard on a descent and suffered the injury which ended his hopes of a third Tour … [Read more...]

The 21 Stages Of The 2014 Tour of Spain

MADRID, Jan 11, 2014 (AFP) - Here is a list of the 21 stages of the 2014 Tour of Spain, as revealed by race organizers on Saturday: Stage 1: Saturday, August 23 - Jerez de la Frontera, 12.6 kilometre (7.5 mile) team time-trial Stage 2: Sunday, August 24 - Algeciras to San Fernando, 174.4km Stage 3: Monday, August 25 - Cadiz to Arcos de la Frontera, 188km Stage 4: Tuesday, … [Read more...]

2014 Tour of Spain To End In Santiago de Compostela

MADRID, Jan 11, 2014 (AFP) - The 2014 Tour of Spain will finish with a 10km individual time-trial in the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela, organizers revealed on Saturday in a change from the usual procession through Madrid on the final stage of the race. Having attracted a fearsome reputation for the number and severity of its mountain climbs in recent years, the overall … [Read more...]

American Chris Horner Becomes Oldest Winner of Vuelta

MADRID, Sept 15, 2013 - American Chris Horner became the oldest ever winner of a cycling grand tour as the 41-year-old rubber stamped his victory in the Tour of Spain in Madrid on Sunday. Australian Michael Matthews won the 21st stage of the race around the capital's city centre in a bunch sprint ahead of American Tyler Farrar and German Nikias Arndt. Horner finished 47th but … [Read more...]

Kenny Elissonde Takes Penultimate Stage, Horner Extends Lead

American Chris Horner moved to within touching distance of becoming the oldest ever winner of a grand tour as he extended his lead in the Tour of Spain to 37 seconds in Saturday's penultimate stage. Frenchman Kenny Elissonde took the 142.2km 20th stage from Aviles to Alto de L'Angliru ahead of Horner in second and Alejandro Valverde in third. However, the 41-year-old Horner pulled … [Read more...]