Nibali, Rodriguez, Valverde Set For epic Giro d’Italia Battle

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MILAN, Oct 07, 2013 (AFP) - Italy's Vincenzo Nibali will kick off the defence of his Giro d'Italia title in 2014 with three days of racing in Northern Ireland before a "key" final week of epic racing in the high mountains. Nibali, of the Astana team, claimed his maiden pink jersey after a dramatic 2013 edition that was blighted by torrential rain, cancelled stages and a snow-hit … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali In Red, Kiryienka Wins Vuelta 18th Stage

MADRID, Sept 12, 2013 (AFP) - Italian Vincenzo Nibali clung on to his narrow lead of the Tour of Spain after a grueling 18th stage on Thursday. Sky's Belarusian rider Vasil Kiryienka won the stage after breaking away at the end of the 186.5km ride from Burgos to Pena Cabarga that featured five categorised climbs, including a tricky final ascent. Kiriyenka's breakaway to the summit … [Read more...]

Bauke Mollema Wins Vuelta Stage 17, Nibali Retains Lead

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MADRID, Sept 11, 2013 (AFP) - Dutch rider Bauke Mollema of the Belkin team won the 17th stage of the Tour of Spain in Burgos on Thursday as Italy's Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall race leader's red jersey. Mollema, 26, attacked at the end of the 189-km ride from Calahorra to take the stage win ahead of Sky's Norwegian rider Edvald Boasson Hagen and Argentina's Maximiliano Richeze, … [Read more...]

Warren Barguil Wins His Second Vuelta Stage, Nibali Loses Time

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HUESCA, Spain, Sept 09, 2013 (AFP) - Frenchman Warren Barguil clinched his second stage win in four days as race leader Vincenzo Nibali's advantage was substantially reduced in the Tour of Spain on Monday. Barguil somehow held on to win a photo finish with Colombian Rigoberto Uran as Poland's Bartosz Huzarski took third on the 146.8km 16th stage from Graus to Sallent de Gallego. … [Read more...]

Warren Barguil Claims Stage 13 of the Tour of Spain

French youngster Warren Barguil (Argos-Shimano) broke clear in the final kilometre of Friday's 169km ride from Valls to Castelldefels to claim the 13th stage of the Tour of Spain. The 21-year-old was part of a breakaway group of 10 that controlled the second half of the stage but he made the telling break to seize his first professional stage win ahead of Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2R) and … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Wins Stage 12, Nibali Maintains Lead

TARRAGONA, Spain, Sept 05, 2013 (AFP) - Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert (BMC) edged out Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) in a sprint finish to take the 12th stage of the Tour of Spain on Thursday. Boasson Hagen looked set for victory in the 164.2km ride from Maella to Tarragona after being led to within sight of the line by teammate Rigoberto Uran. But Gilbert produced a late surge to … [Read more...]

Fabian Cancellara Takes Vuelta Stage 11, Nibali Regains Lead

TARAZONA, Spain, Sept 04, 2013 (AFP) - Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara won the 11th stage of the Tour of Spain on Wednesday, a 38.8km hilly time trial, while Italy's Vincenzo Nibali regained the overall leader's red jersey. Radioshack's Cancellara, a specialist in this discipline, paced his effort in the early uphill section of the time trial near Tarazona in Aragon and then powered … [Read more...]

Zdenek Stybar Takes Vuelta 7th Stage, Nibali Retains Lead

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MAIRENA DE ALJARAFE , Spain, Aug 30, 2013 (AFP) - The Czech Republic's Zdenek Stybar, riding for Omega, edged the seventh stage of the Tour of Spain on Friday as Italy's Vincenzo Nibali held on to the overall lead. Stybar narrowly claimed the day's honors after a 205.9km ride from Almendralejo to Mairena de Aljarafe from Belgian world road race champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC). … [Read more...]

Michael Matthews Wins Stage, As Nibali Retains Overall At Tour of Spain

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LAGO DE SANABRIA, Spain, Aug 28, 2013 (AFP) - Australian Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) won the fifth stage of the Tour of Spain on Wednesday, edging out Maximiliano Ariel Recheze (Lampre) and Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) in a sprint finish. It was the 22-year-old's first stage win in a major Tour. Giro d'Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) retained his lead in … [Read more...]

Dani Moreno Takes Tour of Spain Stage 4, Nibali Takes Overall

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MADRID, Community of Madrid, Aug 27, 2013 (AFP) - Spain's Dani Moreno (Katusha) broke clear in the final kilometre to win the fourth stage of the Tour of Spain on Tuesday as Italy's Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) regained the overall lead. Moreno attacked with conviction on the 2km climb to the finish of the 189km ride from Lalin/a Estrada to Fisterra in Galicia to hold off Fabian … [Read more...]