A Fit Again Alberto Contador To Race Tour of Spain

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PARIS, Aug 14, 2014 - Alberto Contador, who was forced out of the Tour de France on Bastille Day with a broken shinbone, intends to start the Tour of Spain after all, he announced on Thursday. At the end of July Contador had ruled himself out of the Vuelta, which begins on August 23 in Jerez, having crashed hard on a descent and suffered the injury which ended his hopes of a third Tour … [Read more...]

Kashechkin To Lead Astana Vuelta Challenge

PARIS, Aug 17, 2011 (AFP) - Kazkah rider Andrey Kashechkin will head up the Astana team's challenge in the final major Tour race of the season, the Tour of Spain, which gets underway with a team time-trial on Saturday in Benidorm. Giuseppe Martinelli eulogised about Kashechkin, who was third in the 2006 Vuelta before being found to have indulged in blood doping the following year which … [Read more...]

A Battered Kloeden ‘Not Fit Enough’ for Vuelta

BERLIN, Aug 17, 2011 (AFP) - German veteran Andreas Kloeden of RadioShack has said he is not aiming for victory in the Tour of Spain, which starts Saturday, after suffering heavy falls on last month's Tour de France. The Vuelta a Espana starts in Benidorm this weekend and the 36-year-old Kloeden will make his return to the saddle after withdrawing from this year's Tour de France during the … [Read more...]

BMC Racing Team Readies For First Vuelta

The BMC Racing Team's lineup for its first Vuelta a España is geared toward looking for opportunities in breakaways and stage wins, Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said. Plenty Of Options "We don't have the same objective as we had at the Tour de France – like supporting one leader," Lelangue said. "This race is wide open for all the guys." The BMC Racing Team brings a number of potential … [Read more...]

Scarponi Looks To Petacchi To Help In Vuelta Dreams

PARIS, Aug 16, 2011 (AFP) - Italian rider Michele Scarponi said he will look to legendary sprinter Alessandro Petacchi for inspiration after Lampre announced that he will lead their challenge on the Tour of Spain. Scarponi, 31, added that whilst he was in good form having finished second in the Tour of Italy behind Alberto Contador in May, he would look to win stages initially and then … [Read more...]

Mosquera Missing From Vacansoleil Vuelta Line-up

PARIS, Aug 16, 2011 (AFP) - Dutch outfit Vacansoleil will line-up in this year's Tour of Spain without last year's runner-up Ezequiel Mosquera. The 35-year-old Spaniard took second place while riding for Xacobeo, but it was later revealed that he had tested positive for the banned substance Hydroxyethyl Starch, also known as HES, during an in-competition test at the race. As he waits to … [Read more...]

Quick-Step Cycling Team to la Vuelta España

Quick-Step Cycling Team has officially announced the squad that will take part in the up-coming Vuelta España. “The formation for the Vuelta is essentially balanced, with athletes who have a good chance in the rankings and on the climbs, as well as a few stage hunters," Sports Director Rik Van Slycke says. "Curacao National champion De Maar, Cataldo and Seeldraeyers are growing after their … [Read more...]

Wiggins to lead Sky in Tour of Spain

PARIS, Aug 16, 2011 - Britain's Bradley Wiggins will lead the Sky line-up for this year's Tour of Spain, which starts next Saturday in Benidorm. Wiggins had to pull out of the Tour de France after the seventh stage last month after fracturing his collar bone at Chateauroux. The Olympic pursuit champion will have Swedish star Thomas Lofkvist, 21st at the Giro and 17th in last year's … [Read more...]

GEOX-TMC TO THE VUELTA ESPAÑA WITH DENIS MENCHOV AND CARLOS SASTRE

16 August, 2011 - GEOX-TMC has announced the squad that will be taking part in the Vuelta España scheduled from August 20th to September 11th. The selected riders are Spain’s own Carlos Sastre, David Blanco, Juan Josè Cobo and David De la Fuente, Russians Denis Menchov and Dimitryy Kozontchuk, Colombians Fabio Duarte and Mauricio Ardila and Austrian Matthias Brandle. Sports Directors Joxean … [Read more...]

Quick Step Roster For Vuelta

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The team's technical staff has officially announced the Team QUICK STEP formation that will participate in the next Vuelta Espana scheduled from August 28 to September 19, 2010. The Andalusian city of Seville will be hosting the start of the race, where the team will line up a competitive formation motivated to do well after good performances in the Giro d’Italia and at the 2010 Tour de … [Read more...]