Alberto Contador Wins The Tour Of The Basque Country

MADRID, April 12, 2014 (AFP) - Spaniard Alberto Contador won the Tour of the Basque Country for the third time on Saturday as Germany's Tony Martin claimed his second stage win in the individual time-trial. A two-time winner of the Tour de France, 31-year-old Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) had led the race from the first day and finished in style as he ended the 25.9km time trial around … [Read more...]

Contador Predicts Close Fight With Valverde

Alberto Contador held on to the lead in Vuelta a Pais Vasco, but gave 2 seconds at the finish line to Valverde, now 12 seconds behind Contador. - It would have been better not to lose time to Alejandro, but in the end the group has broken. It was a very different climb than usually because of the very strong headwind and the mediocre gradient. On the first pass I saw it and I noticed a right … [Read more...]

Tour Of The Basque Country Stage 3 End In Sprint

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MADRID, April 09, 2014 (AFP) - Australian Michael Matthews sprinted to victory in the third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Wednesday. The Orica-GreenEdge rider edged Kevin Reza (Europcar) and Michal Kwiatowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) in a bunch sprint to the line to claim the 194.5km ride from Urdazbi to Vitoria-Gasteiz in just over five hours. There was no change in … [Read more...]

Quintana Takes Tour of the Basque Country Title

MADRID, April 6, 2013 (AFP) - Colombian Nairo Quintana has won the Tour of the Basque Country after finishing second to Tony Martin in the 24km time trial that rounded off the six-stage event on Saturday. The Movistar rider started the day six seconds behind compatriot Sergio Henao (Sky) but he finished 40 seconds behind Quintana, just holding on to take third place ahead of Simon Spilak … [Read more...]

Quintana Wins Stage, Henao Leads in Basque Tour

MADRID, April 4, 2013 (AFP) - Colombian Nairo Quintana, riding for Katusha, won the fourth stage of the Tour of the Basque country on Thursday, seeing off compatriot Sergio Luis Henao of the Sky team in cold and rainy conditions. Henao nonetheless retains the overall leader's jersey following the 151.6km stage between Trapagaran and Arrate, which Quintana took in 3hr 58min 52sec. He … [Read more...]

Gerrans Wins First Stage of Basque Tour

MADRID, April 1, 2013 (AFP) - In-form Australian rider Simon Gerrans won the first stage of the Tour of the Basque Country after a 156.5km ride around Elgoibar on Monday. The 32-year-old edged out Peter Velits and Angel Vicioso on the line form his second stage win in Spain in just over a week after also emerging victorious in the penultimate stage of the Tour of Catalonia. … [Read more...]

Stage-Winner Rodriguez Keeps Basque Country Lead

MADRID, April 6, 2012 (AFP) - Spain's Joaquin Rodriguez, of the Katusha team, won his second successive stage on the Tour of the Basque Country on Friday to maintain the overall lead. Rodriguez triumphed on the 183km run from Bera to Onati, ahead of compatriot Samuel Sanchez and Robert Kiserlovski of Croatia. Rodriguez had trouble following Sanchez when he attacked three … [Read more...]

Martin Wins Tour of Basque Country Final Stage

HTC-Highroad's Tony Martin took his fifth win of the 2011 season on Saturday when he powered to victory in the final stage of the Tour of the Basque Country. The 2011 Tour of the Algarve and Paris-Nice winner was nine seconds faster than Germany's Andreas Klöden in the 24 kilometer time trial, starting and finishing in Zalla. HTC-Highroad team-mate, Marto Pinotti took third, 24 seconds … [Read more...]

Freire Disqualified As Gavazzi Wins Basque Stage 5

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MADRID, April 8, 2011 - Italy's Francesco Gavazzi of Lampre won the fifth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country Friday after veteran Spanish sprint ace Oscar Freire was disqualified. Spain's Joaquin Rodriguez held on to the race lead after finishing 11th with the same time as the stage winner. Freire, of the Rabobank team, was first across the line in a mass sprint finish at … [Read more...]

Vinokourov Wins Basque Tour Third Stage

MADRID, April 6, 2011 - Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov launched a daring attack just two kilometers from the finish to win Wednesday's third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country, while Spaniard Joaquin Rodriguez grabbed the leader's jersey. The stage, a 180-kilometer ride from Villatuerta to Zuia-Murgia in northern Spain, was marked several breakaways. But with minutes to … [Read more...]