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Nairo Quintana won't defend Giro d'Italia title

MADRID (AP) Colombian climber Nairo Quintana will not defend his Giro d'Italia title. Quintana and Spaniard Alejandro Valverde have been left off Movistar's nine-man squad for the three-week grand tour starting on Saturday. Instead, Movistar is taking what it calls a ''young, versatile group'' that includes Nairo's brother, Dayer Quintana. It's other eight riders are Andrey Amador...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Valverde times sprint perfectly to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege

LIEGE, Belgium (AP) Alejandro Valverde timed his attack to perfection to win the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic for the third time in his career on Sunday, clinching the Ardennes double after his midweek victory in the Walloon Arrow. The 35-year-old Spaniard waited until 500 meters (yards) from the line to chase down countryman Dani Moreno. After overtaking Moreno, Valverde then held...
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April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Valverde wins Fleche Wallonne for 3rd time

HUY, Belgium (AP) Alejandro Valverde of Spain perfectly timed his attack to win the Fleche Wallonne (Walloon Arrow) classic for the third time and the second year in a row on Wednesday. Valverde, runner-up at the Amstel Gold Race last week, won ahead of Julian Alaphilippe and Michael Albasini at the top of the Mur de Huy. Former Tour de France champion Christopher Froome was involved...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

World champion Michal Kwiatkowski wins Amstel Gold Race

VALKENBURG, Netherlands (AP) World champion Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland won a sprint to the line Sunday to take the 50th edition of the Amstel Gold Race. Defending champion Philippe Gilbert, seeking his fourth title in the Dutch spring classic, broke away on the final climb of the Cauberg hill shortly before the finish and was followed by another of the pre-race favorites, Michael...
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April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Valverde wins 5th stage, Porte leads Volta a Catalunya

VALLS, Spain (AP) Alejandro Valverde won the fifth stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Friday, while Richie Porte took the lead of the seven-day race. The Movistar rider claimed his second stage win of this edition after completing the 195-kilometer (121-mile) mainly downhill ride from Alp to Valls five seconds ahead of his nearest chasers. Valverde opened a gap ahead of a small group...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Pozzovivo wins 3rd Volta stage, Pierre Rolland 1st overall

GIRONA, Spain (AP) Domenico Pozzovivo of Italy surged ahead of the lead pack to win the third stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Wednesday, while Pierre Rolland of France became the overall race leader. Pozzovivo, who rides for Ag2r-La Mondiale, finished three seconds ahead of Colombia's Rigoberto Uran and third-place Daniel Martin of Ireland. The race was fragmented into several...
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March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Alejandro Valverde wins 2nd stage of Volta a Catalunya

OLOT, Spain (AP) Alejandro Valverde of Spain sprinted away from a tightly-bunched pack to win the rain-swept second stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Tuesday. The 34-year-old rider finished in five hours, two minutes, 49 seconds, just ahead of Movistar teammate Jose Rojas of Spain and Switzerland's Martin Elmiger, both of whom had the same time as Valverde. Maciej Paterski of Poland...
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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Movistar unveils team with Quintana, Valverde leaders

MADRID (AP) Movistar unveiled its cycling team with leading duo Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde being joined by four new riders. At a ceremony in Madrid on Friday, the team said Marc Soler, Ruben Fernandez, Winner Anacona and Rory Sutherland had been signed to the 28-rider squad. Movistar said in November that Quintana and Valverde would compete in this year's Tour de France...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Contador pulls out of Beijing race with injury

MILAN (AP) Alberto Contador will miss the season-ending Tour of Beijing with a knee injury, ensuring that fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde will finish the season as the world's top-ranked cyclist. Contador crashed in the final 250 meters of Sunday's Il Lombardia, allowing Valverde - who finished second - to leapfrog his rival in the WorldTour standings. On Monday, Contador said...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Michal Kwiatowski wins road race at cycling world championships

  Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland pulled away from a star-studded field to win a grueling road race at the cycling world championships on Sunday. Catching the race favorites eying one another, Kwiatkowski slipped away from the peloton near the end to join a breakaway group of four riders and didn't stop, staying ahead of the chasers on the final descent. The 24-year-old Kwiatkowski...
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September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Kwiatkowski of Poland wins road race world title

PONFERRADA, Spain (AP) Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland pulled away from a star-studded field to win a grueling road race at the cycling world championships Sunday. Kwiatkowski slipped away from the peloton to join a breakaway group of four riders and didn't stop, staying ahead of the chasers on the final descent. Kwiatkowski won the 254.8-kilometer (158.3-mile) ride in six and a half...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Some things to know about the cycling worlds

MADRID (AP) With the grand tours over and done with, it's time to get ready for the road cycling world championships. Many of the biggest names in the sport - including Fabian Cancellara, Cadel Evans, Chris Froome, Alejandro Valverde and Bradley Wiggins - will be in Spain next week to compete in a variety of races around Spain's hilly landscape of El Bierzo, northwest of Madrid...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Alejandro Valverde agrees to 3-year deal to stay with Movistar team

  Alejandro Valverde has agreed to a new contract with Movistar that will keep the Spanish rider on the team for the next three years. The 34-year-old Valverde has raced for Movistar during nine of his 12 years as a professional. This season, Valverde finished the Tour de France in fourth place and the Spanish Vuelta in third. Valverde won the Vuelta in 2009. He says, ''I wanted...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Valverde signs new 3-year contract with Movistar

MADRID (AP) Alejandro Valverde has agreed to a new contract with Movistar that will keep the Spanish rider on the team for the next three years. The 34-year-old Valverde has raced for Movistar during nine of his 12 years as a professional. This season, Valverde finished the Tour de France in fourth place and the Spanish Vuelta in third. Valverde won the Vuelta in 2009. He says,...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Aru wins Vuelta's 18th stage, Contador still leads

MONTE CASTROVE, Spain (AP) Fabio Aru of Italy surged to win the Spanish Vuelta's hilly 18th stage on Thursday, while Alberto Contador kept the leader's red jersey with three stages remaining. Chris Froome finished one second behind, gaining time overall, and Alejandro Valverde came third 13 seconds behind. Froome, who charged up the category-2 Monte Castrove ascent with Aru just...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Daniel Navarro wins 13th Spanish Vuelta stage

OBREGON, Spain (AP) Daniel Navarro of Spain surged forward and hung on to win the 13th stage of the Spanish Vuelta while countryman Alberto Contador kept the overall leader's red jersey on Friday. Navarro finished the 189-kilometer (117-mile) mountainous ride from Belorado to Obregon two seconds ahead of Daniel Moreno and Wilco Kelderman. Contador fended off several charges by Alejandro...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

John Degenkolb wins 12th Spanish Vuelta stage

LOGRONO, Spain (AP) John Degenkolb of Germany timed his sprint perfectly to win the 12th stage of the Spanish Vuelta as Alberto Contador retained the overall lead on Thursday. Degenkolb just beat Tom Boonen and Jacopo Guarnieri to the line after a largely flat 166-kilometer (103-mile) race in and around Logrono. Matthias Krizek broke free of the peloton in the first lap and established...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Aru of Italy wins 11th stage of Spanish Vuelta

SANTUARIO DE SAN MIGUEL DE ARALAR, Spain (AP) Fabio Aru of Italy won the 11th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Wednesday while Alberto Contador hung on to the overall race leader's red jersey. Nairo Quintana, one of the race favorites, had to withdraw with a broken shoulder blade after crasing just 20 kilometers (12 miles) into the stage, his second fall in two days. Aru, a 24-year...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Nairo Quintana's hopes of Vuelta win dashed by crash

  Nairo Quintana's hopes of winning his second grand tour this year took a heavy blow when he crashed and lost valuable minutes in the Spanish Vuelta on Tuesday. Taking a downhill curve too fast, the Giro d'Italia winner chose a bad line and could not pull out in time, hitting the guard rail and flipping over to slam onto the edge of the road. Movistar staff arrived quickly to help...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Quintana takes Vuelta lead, Anacona wins 9th stage

ARAMON VALDELINARES, Spain (AP) Nairo Quintana took the overall lead of the Spanish Vuelta from Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde on a rainy and mountainous ninth stage won by Winner Anacona of Colombia on Sunday. Anacona, riding for Lampre Merida, separated from a large breakaway group before finally shedding Bob Jungels and then Javier Moreno on the final ascent of the 185...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Bouhanni wins 8th Vuelta stage, Valverde leads

ALBACETE, Spain (AP) Nacer Bouhanni of France won a windy eighth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday, while Alejandro Valverde kept the overall leader's red jersey. Bouhanni sprinted ahead of the pack and dipped his bike to the left at the last second to hold off Michael Matthews, who was about to overtake him at the finish line. It was the FDJ.fr rider's second stage win in...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

De Marchi wins 7th Vuelta stage, Valverde leads

ALCAUDETE, Spain (AP) Alessandro de Marchi of Italy pulled away from a small breakaway group to win an accident-filled seventh stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Friday, while Alejandro Valverde maintained the overall lead. Former Tour de France champion Chris Froome fell early in the stage and cut his right hip, but he managed to get back on his bike and finished strong, shaving a...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Alejandro Valverde of Spain wins 6th Vuelta stage

LA ZUBIA, Spain (AP) Alejandro Valverde of Spain surged forward to win the sixth stage of the Spanish Vuelta and take the overall lead on Thursday. The 31-year-old Movistar rider climbed to the finish line in 4 hours, 35 minutes, 27 seconds, just ahead of Christopher Froome of Britain and Spain's Alberto Contador, who both finished in the same time. Valverde takes the overall lead...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

John Degenkolb wins fifth stage of Spanish Vuelta

  German rider John Degenkolb timed his final sprint perfectly to win a sunny fifth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Wednesday. The 25-year-old Team Giant-Shimano rider broke free from the pack with 600 meters to go and crossed the line in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 47 seconds, just ahead of Nacer Bouhanni and Moreno Hofland who were on the same time. It was the second successive Vuelta...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Spanish Vuelta Results

CORDOBA, Spain (AP) Results Tuesday from the fourth stage of the 69th Spanish Vuelta, a 164.7 kilometer (102 mile) ride from Mairena del Alcor to Cordoba (rider, country, team, time): 1. John Degenkolb, Germany, Team Giant-Shimano, 4 hours, 2 minutes, 55 seconds. 2. Vicente Reynes, Spain, IAM Cycling, same time. 3. Michael Matthews, Australia, Orica GreenEdge, same time. 4. Damiano...
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August 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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