Movistar Idol Alejandro Valverde Sings New 3 Year Deal

Madrid, Oct 20, 2016 (AFP) - Spanish veteran cyclist Alejandro Valverde on Thursday signed a new deal with Movistar keeping the former Vuelta a Espana winner at the team until 2019. The 36-year-old shares leadership of the Spanish outfit with Colombian Nairo Quintana who extended his contract until 2019 last month. As well as the 2008 Vuelta Valverde has won the Liege-Bastogne-Liege … [Read more...]

Quintana Storms To A Stage 10 Win, And Vuelta Overall Lead

Vuelta Espana 2016 - stage-10

Lagos de Covadonga, Spain, Aug 29, 2016 (AFP) - Colombian Nairo Quintana moved back into the leader's red jersey of the Tour of Spain with a stunning ascent to win Monday's 10th stage. Chris Froome battled back after being dropped early in the 12.2km special category climb to the end of the 188.7km ride from Lugones to Lagos de Covadonga to finish third on the stage and move up to third in … [Read more...]

Meersman Grabs His 2nd Stage Win at Vuelta Stage 5

Vuelta Espana 2016 - stage-5

Lugo, Spain, Aug 24, 2016 (AFP) - Belgian Gianni Meersman won stage five of the Vuelta on Wednesday, his second victory after triumphing on stage two, both wins coming on flat terrain. Meersman won the sprint finish in the 171.3km stage from Viveiro to Lugo in a time of 4hr 16min 42sec, while Colombian Darwin Atapuma retained the overall lead. Etixx-Quick Step rider Meersman finished … [Read more...]

Calmejane Takes Stage, Atapuma Takes Vuelta Stage 4

Vuelta Espana 2016 - stage-4

San Andres de Teixido, Spain, Aug 23, 2016 (AFP) - Frenchman Lilian Calmejane claimed his first ever professional stage win by breaking clear on a steep category two climb at the end the fourth stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Tuesday. Calmejane finished the 163.5km ride from Betanzos to San Andres de Teixido in a time of 4hr 05min 19sec, ahead of Colombia's Darwin Atapuma who takes over the … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Out Of Spanish Road Race For Health Concerns

Madrid, June 24, 2016 (AFP) - Tour de France hopeful Alberto Contador has pulled out of this weekend's Spanish road race championships citing health concerns just a week ahead of the start of cycling's top tour. "Hello everyone! I'm sorry to say that because of health concerns I won't be taking part in the nationals this weekend (Saturday). I hope it's a good race," the double Tour de France … [Read more...]

Kruijswijk Stretches Lead, Valverde Gets His Maiden Giro Win

Milan, May 24, 2016 (AFP) - Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk moved closer to a history-making Giro d'Italia triumph Tuesday after stretching his lead over Esteban Chaves and Vincenzo Nibali in a thrilling 16th stage won by Alejandro Valverde. Kruijswijk, of the Lotto team, started the hilly 132 km race from Bressanone to Andalo with a 2min 12sec lead on Colombian Chaves (Orica) and 2:51 on 2013 … [Read more...]

Chaves Wins Epic Giro Queen’s Stage, As Kruijswijk In Pink Jersey

Giro d'Italia 2016 Stage 14

Corvara, Italy, May 21, 2016 (AFP) - Colombian Esteban Chaves snatched victory on an epic 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia Saturday that saw Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk take the pink jersey and favorite Vincenzo Nibali boost his overall victory hopes. Costa Rican Andrey Amador had started the 210km stage from Alpago to Corvara -- considered the race's 'Queen Stage' -- as the new race leader … [Read more...]

Sky’s Nieve Solos To Stage 13 Giro Win, Amador Grabs Pink Jersey

Giro d'Italia 2016 stage 13

Cividale del Friuli, Italy, May 20, 2016 (AFP) - Spanish climber Mikel Nieve soloed to victory on stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia on Friday putting a smile back on Sky team's face after they lost their leader Mikel Landa to illness this week. The overall pink leader's jersey switched hands again after a tough mountain run, Movistar's Andrey Amador taking charge after the Costa Rican rider … [Read more...]

Brambilla At The Double As Dumoulin Struggles At Giro d’Italia

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Arezzo, Italy, May 14, 2016 (AFP) - An audacious solo attack on the tough white chalk roads of the Giro d'Italia eighth stage saw Italian Gianluca Brambilla rewarded with a prestigious win and the race leader's pink jersey Saturday. Etixx team rider Brambilla had been in an earlier escape of 13 riders on the tough, 186 km ride from Foligno to Arezzo. But having earmarked the stage, the … [Read more...]

Wellens Claims Maiden Giro Stage, Dumoulin Impresses In Pink

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Roccaraso, Italy, May 12, 2016 (AFP) - Belgium's Tim Wellens enjoyed a red letter day on the Giro d'Italia on Thursday with his maiden Grand Tour stage win as Tom Dumoulin held onto the leader's pink jersey. The 25-year-old Wellens broke early and powered up the final 18 kilometer climb to Roccaraso to come home alone after the 157km sixth stage. On the 2016 Giro's first gentle taste … [Read more...]