Alberto Contador Closes In On 2014 Tour of Spain Title

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PUERTO DE ANCARES, Spain, Sept 13, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador is on the brink of claiming a third Tour of Spain victory after winning Saturday's 20th and penultimate stage over 185.7km from Santo Estevo de Ribas to Puerto de Ancares. With only Sunday's 9.7km timetrial left, Contador is virtually certain to claim overall victory in Santiago de … [Read more...]

Adam Hansen Wins Tour of Spain Stage 19 With Perfect Attack

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN CANGAS, Spain, Sept 12, 2014 (AFP) - Australian Adam Hansen timed his attack to perfection to win the 180.5km 19th stage of the Vuelta a Espana from Salvaterra do Mino to Cangas do Morrazo on Friday. The 33-year-old Lotto-Belisol rider took off with just over 4km remaining and held off a charging peloton to win by 5sec to German John Degenkolb and … [Read more...]

Robert Gesink Withdrawals From Vuelta a Espana For Family Reasons

The Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM is sad to announce that Robert Gesink will leave the Vuelta a España due to private circumstances. The Team Belkin leader chooses to rush to Holland to be with his family. “My pregnant wife has undergone surgery twice this past week. Her situation has not improved and she is still in the hospital. I will immediately leave the Vuelta to be with my family, who … [Read more...]

Chris Froome and Alberto Contador Battle On Tour of Spain Stage 18

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MONTE CASTROVE, Spain, Sept 11, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's Fabio Aru sprinted to victory in Thursday's 18th stage of the Tour of Spain as Briton Chris Froome closed in on overall race leader Alberto Contador of Spain. Astana rider Aru, already winner at altitude on the 11th stage at San Miguel de Aralar, benefited on the final sprint from the support of Sky team leader Froome, who clawed … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Holds Lead At Tour of Spain Stage 17

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Stage 17 of Vuelta a España was concluded in a bunch sprint without changes in the overall classification after 190.7 kilometers of racing in the undulating terrain of Galicia. Tinkoff-Saxo and team leader Alberto Contador got through the stage safely and saved as much energy as possible for the final four stages of Vuelta a España. Sport director Steven de Jongh was happy with the outcome. … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Wins Stage 16, Extends Lead At Tour of Spain

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LA FARRAPONA , Spain, Sept 08, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador moved a huge step closer to his third Tour of Spain victory as he saw off Britain's Chris Froome to win a gruelling 160.5 km stage from San Martin del Rey Aurelio to La Farrapona on Monday. Contador's first stage victory of the race in a time of 4hr 53min 35sec took his overall lead to 1min 36sec over compatriot Alejandro … [Read more...]

Breakaway Riders Come To Blows At Vuelta a Espana Stage 16

MADRID, Sept 08, 2014 - Italian Gianluca Brambilla and Russia's Ivan Rovny were disqualified from the Tour of Spain on Monday after coming to blows during the 16th stage from San Martin del Rey Aurelio to La Farrapona. In bizarre circumstances both men landed punches and elbowed each other whilst continuing to cycle as they made up a breakaway group of 13 riders. Rovny even had to … [Read more...]

Przemyslaw Niemiec Wins, Contador Lead Cut At Tour of Spain Stage 15

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LAGOS DE COVADONGA, Spain, Sept 07, 2014 (AFP) - Poland's Przemyslaw Niemiec won the 15th stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday as Alejandro Valverde cut fellow Spaniard Alberto Contador's overall lead. Niemiec was part of an early breakaway group and held on for his first Grand Tour stage victory in a time of 4hr 11min 09sec over the 152.2km ride from Oviedo to Lagos de Covadonga. … [Read more...]

Ryder Hesjedal Squeeks Out A Win At Tour of Spain Stage 14

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LA CAMPERONA, Spain, Sept 06, 2014 (AFP) - Canada's Ryder Hesjedal pipped Swiss rider Oliver Zaugg in a brutal climb to the finish line to win the 14th stage of the Vuelta a Espana as Alberto Contador extended his overall lead on Saturday. Zaugg looked to have the stage victory wrapped up when he broke away from the leading group with two kilometres of the 8.3km climb to the end of … [Read more...]

Dani Navarro Wins Tour of Spain Stage 13th

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OBREGON, Spain, Sept 05, 2014 (AFP) - Spain's Dani Navarro claimed his first Grand Tour stage victory as he won the 188.7km 13th stage of the Vuelta a Espana from Belorado to Obregon on Friday as compatriot Alberto Contador retained his overall lead. Navarro make a break on the short climb to the finish line through Parque de Cabarceno with little over two kilometres to go and had just … [Read more...]