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...]

Alberto Contador Takes Tour of Spain Lead On Stage 10

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BORJA, Spain, Sept 02, 2014 (AFP) - Two-time Tour of Spain winner Alberto Contador took the overall lead in this year's edition on Tuesday as German Tony Martin won the 10th stage, a 36.7-kilometre time-trial. Contador, 31 and who finished fourth, 39 seconds slower than triple time-trial world champion Martin, replaced Colombian rider Nairo Quintana in the overall leader's red … [Read more...]

Nairo Quintana Takes Lead At Tour of Spain Stage 9

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ARAMON VALDELINARES, Spain, Aug 31, 2014 (AFP) - Colombian Winner Anacona was victorious in the ninth stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday as his compatriot Nairo Quintana moved ahead in the general classification. Anacona broke clear on the 8km, first category climb to the finish of the 185km stage from Carboneras de Guadazon to Aramon Valdelinares to move into fourth place overall … [Read more...]

Nacer Bouhanni Is For Real Winning Tour of Spain Stage 8

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ALBACETE, Spain, Aug 30, 2014 (AFP) - France's Nacer Bouhanni won his second stage of the Vuelta a Espana in controversial circumstances as he edged out Australia's Michael Matthews at the finish line of Saturday's 207km eighth stage from Baeza to Albacete. Bouhanni appeared to cut across Matthews as he surged for the line in a time of 4hr 29 mins with Slovakian Peter Sagan in third. … [Read more...]