Alberto Contador Eyes Tour and Vuelta Double

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MADRID, Oct 10, 2013 (AFP) - Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador is targeting victory in both the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana in 2014 after investment firm Saxo Bank increased its commitment to sponsor the Danish team led by former Tour winner Bjarne Riis. Saxo Bank will become the sole name for the team formally known as Saxo-Tinkoff after Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov … [Read more...]

American Chris Horner Becomes Oldest Winner of Vuelta

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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...]

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...]

Daniele Ratto Takes Stage 14, Basso and Sanchez Abandon Race

Italian rider Daniele Ratto broke away to seal the 14th stage of the Tour of Spain in awful weather conditions on Saturday as his compatriot Vincenzo Nibali extended his lead in the overall classification. Cannondale's Ratto led from start to finish on the 155.7km ride from Baga to Andorra as he was part of an early five-man breakaway group and then took to the front on his own with … [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...]

Vincenzo Nibali With Advantage As Astana Wins Time Trial

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MADRID, Community of Madrid, Aug 24, 2013 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team won the team time trial ahead of RadioShack and Omega Pharma-Quickstep as the 2013 Tour of Spain got underway on Saturday. Nibali, who is looking to add a second Vuelta victory to his Giro d'Italia win earlier this year, was given the perfect start as the Kazakh team came home 10 seconds ahead of RadioShack … [Read more...]

The 21 Stages Of The 2013 Vuelta a Espana

MADRID, Aug 23, 2013 - The 21 stages of the Tour of Spain which runs from Vilanova de Arousa on Saturday and finishes at Madrid on September 15: August 24: Stage 1 - Vilanova de Arousa - Sanxenxo (team time-trial), 27 km August 25: Stage 2 - Pontevedra - Baiona/Alto do Monte da Groba, 177 km August 26: Stage 3 - Vigo - Mirador de Lobeira, 184 km August 27: Stage 4 - Lalin - … [Read more...]

Last 20 Winners of the Vuelta a Espana

MADRID, Community of Madrid, Aug 23, 2013 - List of winners of the Tour of Spain over the past 20 years. 2012 - Alberto Contador (ESP) 2011 - Juan Jose Cobo (ESP) 2010 - Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) 2009 - Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 2008 - Alberto Contador (ESP) 2007 - Denis Menchov (RUS) 2006 - Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ) 2005 - Denis Menchov (RUS) 2004 - Roberto Heras (ESP) 2003 … [Read more...]