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Vuelta a Espana peloton to tackle 'hardest stage ever' in Andorra

Nine months ago during the Vuelta a Espana route presentation, when the 'sharks-tooth' mountain profile of the Andorra stage flashed up on the big screen, longstanding Movistar manager Eusebio Unzue did not beat around the bush. Rather he told Cyclingnews it was "the hardest stage I have ever seen in a Grand Tour" in what he believed, too, to be the hardest ever Vuelta route on record...
Via Cycling News
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Vuelta a Espana: Movistar leaders prepare for voyage into the unknown

Movistar co-leaders Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde recognised in a press conference on Tuesday that - like almost everybody else in the Vuelta a España - the toughest Vuelta stage on Wednesday represents a voyage into the truly unknown. Each of the two Movistar champions has relative strengths and weaknesses as the Vuelta reaches its decisive stages. Whilst Valverde has...
Via Cycling News
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astana’s hopes all pinned on Aru at Vuelta a Espana

Mikel Landa limited himself to two words before turning around atop the Alto de Puig Llorença and descending to the Astana team bus after losing almost a quarter of an hour on stage 9 of the Vuelta a España: “Mal día.” Bad day. The Basque was among the fallers in a crash midway through the stage, fought out in searing temperatures on the Costa Blanca, though neither he nor...
Via Cycling News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chaves concedes Vuelta a Espana lead on Cumbre del Sol

After almost a week of leading the Vuelta a España, Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) finally threw in the towel on the short but painfully difficult climb of Cumbre del Sol and dropped to third overall. A double stage winner at El Caminito del Rey and again at Cazorla, Chaves responded well to the early moves on the Cumbre del Sol climb but suddenly came to the end of his strength...
Via Cycling News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Crash injuries slow Valverde on Vuelta a Espana summit finish

The climb of the Alto de Puig Llorença didn’t quite have Alejandro Valverde’s name written all over it – that honour belonged to Joaquim Rodriguez, whose father painted the road in his honour the night before – but his Movistar team certainly had earmarked stage 9 of the Vuelta a España as a major rendezvous in the race for final overall honours. The men in navy blue were...
Via Cycling News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rodriguez misses out on Vuelta a Espana stage win but shows strong mountain form

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) could not fulfil widespread expectations that he would take a stage win on the short, ultra steep Cumbre del Sol stage, but barring disaster on Monday, the veteran Catalan rider nonetheless will end the Vuelta a Espana’s first segment as the best placed pre-race favourite. Twice a stage winner this summer in the Tour de France, on Sunday Rodriguez...
Via Cycling News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chaves retains lead on Vuelta a Espana's first major mountain climb

Esteban Chaves’ hold on the Vuelta leader’s jersey looked considerably stronger on Friday after the Orica-GreenEdge rode through the first major mountain stage of the race in impressive style. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) had already shown alarm bells were ringing on Thursday in one top team at least when the Spanish veteran argued Chaves was not just ‘keeping the jersey...
Via Cycling News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Quintana, Valverde upbeat after Vuelta a Espana's first mountain stage

Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana could have suffered from the classic dilemma of a half-empty or half-full pint glass after stage 7 of the Vuelta a Espana, where they gained time on arch-rival Chris Froome (Team Sky) but were gapped by an inspired-looking Fabio Aru (Astana). But instead the two Movistar leaders both preferred to take away some positive conclusions...
Via Cycling News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Valverde: Chaves is a key rival

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has recognised that after two wins in five days on the Vuelta a Espana’s two key summit finishes to date and a return to the leader’s jersey to boot, Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) has become a key rival in the battle for the overall. A stage winner himself at Vejer de la Frontera, Valverde and his co-leader Nairo Quintana finished fifth and ninth...
Via Cycling News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chaves lives in the moment at Vuelta a Espana

Esteban Chaves’ refrain during this opening week of the Vuelta a España has been a simple one. “Increíble,” the Colombian tends to say at regular intervals in his post-stage press conferences, with a smile and a disbelieving shake of his head. After landing his second stage victory of the race at Sierra de Cazorla on Thursday and reclaiming the leader’s red jersey in...
Via Cycling News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Every day is a Sagan day at the Vuelta a Espana

First world problems at the Vuelta a España. As Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) has long since realised, a rider who can win on just about every kind of finale inevitably ends up facing an impromptu stewards’ inquiry every other day he goes out to race. “Unfortunately every stage seems to suit me, so I can only try,” Sagan told reporters after he was beaten into third place on...
Via Cycling News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

News shorts: Mixed day for BMC at Vuelta a Espana, Katusha still on course

Sánchez goes close as van Garderen crashes It was a mixed day for BMC’s general classification contenders on stage 4 of the Vuelta a España with a late attack from Samuel Sánchez and a crash for Tejay van Garderen. Sánchez took a flyer off the front of the bunch with just under two kilometres to go as the road dipped down before the final ascent to the line. The Spaniard took...
Via Cycling News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Roche comes close to Vuelta a Espana stage win for Team Sky

In the end, Nicolas Roche was greeted with cold water rather than champagne in Vejer de la Frontera after stage 4 of the Vuelta a España. His late attack ahead of the uphill finish looked set to land him victory, but the stage would prove to be 100 metres too long and he would have to settle for fourth. Rather than enjoying the acclaim of the crowds from the podium, Roche would...
Via Cycling News
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Valverde lays down Vuelta a Espana credentials with stage win

Four weeks after taking his best ever Tour de France performance, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) became the first of the top overall contenders to triumph in this year’s Vuelta a Espana with a powerful uphill stage win at Vejer de la Frontera. Often criticised for miscalculating his manouvres, Valverde has barely missed a beat this year in uphill finishes, taking a superb double...
Via Cycling News
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Vuelta a Espana stage 4: finish line quotes

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) "Sometimes it’s our team that sets the tempo like we did on the first road stage. Today we stayed calm and we know it’s a long race and we need to keep some strength in the bank. We sat with Katusha who were good but so were we. We sat on and didn’t need to accelerate too hard and then in the last 200m I just flew. "I knew it was Sagan on my...
Via Cycling News
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Valverde wins 4th Vuelta stage, Chaves keeps lead

VEJER DE LA FRONTERA, Spain (AP) Former champion Alejandro Valverde won the fourth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Tuesday, while Colombian Esteban Chaves protected the leader's jersey for a third day. The 35-year-old Spanish veteran perfectly timed his late charge on the final uphill push and held off Peter Sagan to keep the Slovak from claiming a second straight stage before winning...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Vuelta a España: Mixed signals for Quintana on Caminito del Rey

For a spell, the Caminito del Rey seemed set to host a statement of authority from Nairo Quintana (Movistar) at this Vuelta a España, but by the summit, the Colombian had been surprisingly usurped by his fellow countryman and eventual stage winner Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge). "I ran out of strength," Quintana admitted simply at the top, after he cracked in the final 1,500...
Via Cycling News
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Colombian Chaves wins 2nd stage of Spanish Vuelta

CAMINITO DEL REY, Spain (AP) Esteban Chaves of Colombia won the second stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday after avoiding a crash that held up nearly two third of the riders. Chaves beat Dutch Tom Dumoulin in the sprint at the final summit to take the overall leader's red jersey. It was the first stage that counted toward individual times. Tour de France winner Chris Froome of...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

No risks for Nibali and overall favourites in Vuelta a España team time trial

The opening team time trial of the Vuelta a España is usually about balancing the real risk of crashing with the potential reward of snatching a handful of seconds from potential rivals, but for some teams in Marbella on Saturday evening, it simply a question of protecting assets. The 7.4-kilometre test from Puerto Banús was neutralised in the wake of complaints about the safety...
Via Cycling News
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Quintana: I’m not the kid I was in the 2012 Vuelta

Viewed from 2015, in the countdown to the start of the Vuelta a España, the 2012 edition of the same race must almost feel like another world to Nairo Quintana (Movistar). Making his debut in a Grand Tour at 22 in his first full year racing for a WorldTour team, Movistar, in the 2012 Vuelta Quintana flew under the media radar until stage 16’s dauntingly difficult summit finish...
Via Cycling News
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Gallery: Vuelta a España presents teams and riders ahead of the 2015 race

The 2015 Vuelta a España team presentation was held on a balmy night in Benahavís before the contentious team time trial kicks off the Spanish grand tour on Saturday with all 22 teams in appearance. The riders looked relaxed as they chatted with friends on rival teams and snapping selfies before going on stage with fans snapping pictures and trying to get autographs. Movistar...
Via Cycling News
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Froome has motivation but unsure of condition ahead of Vuelta a España

The roll call of rivals is familiar but the circumstances are different enough for Chris Froome (Sky) to admit that he enters the Vuelta a España with less certainty than he did the Tour de France. Four weeks on from landing his second Tour victory, Froome returns to the fray seeking to become only the third man, after Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1978), to win...
Via Cycling News
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Movistar: Valverde and Quintana are joint leaders for Vuelta a España

After taking second and third in the Tour de France, Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana are due to repeat their double act as co-leaders in the Vuelta a España, Movistar sports director José Luis Arrieta tells Cyclingnews. The Vuelta is a race in which the Movistar duo have had mixed fortunes in the past, ranging from victory to injuries and abandons. Valverde...
Via Cycling News
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Vuelta's 'unsafe' 1st stage won't count for individual times

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) The Spanish Vuelta said Friday that the race's opening team time trial will not count toward the overall standings, after complaints about safety from cyclists. Vuelta spokesman Ivan Gomez told The Associated Press that after a meeting with teams and race directors, cycling's governing body UCI decided that Saturday's 7.4-kilometer (4.6-mile) stage will only...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Quintana and Valverde lead Movistar's Vuelta a España squad

Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde have been confirmed as the leaders of the Movistar squad for the Vuelta a España, which gets underway with a team time trial from Puerto Banús to Marbella on Saturday. Andrey Amador, fourth overall at the Giro d’Italia, is also part of the line-up, along with Giovanni Visconti, Rory Sutherland, Javi Moreno, Imanol Erviti, Fran Ventoso and...
Via Cycling News
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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